Work to start on new library in downtown Austin

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by Associated Press

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Posted on May 10, 2013 at 8:35 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Construction is set to start next month on a new central library in downtown Austin.

John Gillum, the library department official overseeing the project, tells the Austin American-Statesman that a ground-breaking ceremony is set for May 30.

The 200,000-square-foot limestone and glass building is expected to open in 2016.

It will include an atrium, a street-level cafe, "reading porches" that overlook Shoal Creek and Lady Bird Lake and a rooftop garden.

Gillum says the six-story library will be "a destination."

The library is expected to cost $120 million, including money to build it, as well as outfit it with furniture, computers and new books and library materials. Most of the money will come from a 2006, voter-approved bond package.

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