Take a Peek Inside the $70 Million Refurbished St. Louis Central Library, Set to Open Later This Week
The Central Library, 1301 Olive St., closed in June 2010, when 4 million items were relocated to a storage facility as construction began on a $70 million rehab and upgrade. The library will reopen Sunday, Dec. 9.
When the library reopens, the 200,000-square-foot building will have 83 percent more public space, including a seven-story stack tower that has been remade into a glass atrium and new, energy-efficient light sources. But while several features will be new to the library, a few of the building’s historic flourishes will remain the same, albeit restored with new paint or varnish.
Other highlights include: the Center for the Reader, a new 250-seat auditorium, expanded children’s and teen areas, a fully restored foyer, historic rooms and plazas, computer center and a café.
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.