By Mary Getchell, Communications Director
Be among the first to check out a book, read and learn on interactive computers, get help finding a job or starting a business, and discover more services at the new University Place Pierce County Library. The community is invited to participate in the grand opening of the University Place Library, at the Civic and Library Building at 3609 Market Place W., with a ribbon cutting and opening ceremony at 12 p.m.
“Discover, learn, read and connect at your new University Place Library,” said Neel Parikh, executive director for the Pierce County Library System. “People have called the UP Library the heart of University Place. We are proud and anxious to open the doors to the heart of the community!”
The new 15,000 square foot library will offer spaces and places for people to learn, study and connect. The new space is 3,000 square feet larger than the original library.
From 80,000 books and other materials to high-tech offerings, the library will have something for everyone.
To stimulate learning and exploration, the children’s area will offer two distinct zones with computers, books and furniture—space for children ages 0-5, and an area for children, ages 6-12. Teenagers will study and game on computers and a cyberbar.
People looking for jobs or help starting and running a small business can visit the Library’s Job and Business Center, which will be a dedicated area with computers, resources and staff.
The Library will also boast sustainable building practices at Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification level. Some of the LEED elements include low flush toilets, natural light and energy efficient lighting, use of local and sustainable building materials, and an efficient cooling and heating system.
Thanks to the University Place Library Campaign the new library will shine with innovative features including more books, resources and technology. Gifts and pledges from generous individuals and organizations total more than $550,000.
The opening will include local entertainment, local officials, photo ops with Lily the Ladybug Librarian, and free reusable book bags for the first 3,000 visitors, a gift from Pierce County Library Foundation. Opening day hours will run 12-5 p.m.Print This Post