TROY – City officials will celebrate the grand opening of the Troy Public Library at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 12.
The new building, which sits on land once occupied by Troy High School, is located at 500 East Walnut Street, and adjacent to Elm Street.
“A new public library has long been a dream for Troy,” said Mayor Jimmy Lunsford. “The opening of the new Troy Public Library is the realization of that dream and the city now has a state-of-the-art library designed to provide outstanding and innovative services not only for Troy residents but for those throughout the area.”
The ceremonies are co-hosted by the mayor, the Troy City Council and the Troy Library Board.
“This has been an exciting process,” said Jason Reeves, who heads the Education, Recreation and Library Committee on the City Council.
“It has taken many years and a lot of effort by a lot of people to bring this project to fruition, and we believe it will be a place for people to make learning a lifelong activity in Troy, Alabama for many years to come.”
The building is more than 24,000 square feet and incorporates a multi-purpose meeting room that includes audio-visual technology. Other features of the library include sound-proof study rooms for tutoring, a computer lab, a formal reading room and a multi-purpose reading garden.
The new library features dedicated genealogy and teen areas, and offers ebooks for download on handheld devices.
Mayor Lunsford said much of the innovation was due to the efforts of the library staff.
“We congratulate library director William White and his staff on a job well done and thank them for their tireless efforts in bringing this project to fruition,” he said. “I would also like to thank the City Council for its vision for the future of our City and all those who have contributed to making this day possible. This is another great day for Troy, Alabama.”
Located adjacent to the new library will be the Troy Nutrition Building. When completed, the building will house a program that provides affordable meals to seniors and gives them a venue for social interaction. That program is currently located in the Colley Senior Complex.