Mesa County Libraries Holds Grand Opening for the Central Library
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- After nearly two years of preparation, Mesa County Libraries opened the doors to the newly renovated Central Library on the corner of 5th and Grand Avenue in Grand Junction on Thursday.
Planning for the renovation began back in the fall of 2011, when it became apparent the Central Library needed a major upgrade.
By August of 2012, workers began construction on the building.
The new facility is 9,000 square feet larger than the old building, providing room for several new features.
A new community room with a capacity of about 200 people was built to accommodate larger groups at the library.
At the request of several library patrons, six study rooms were built that can hold 4-6 people.
A large amount of windows allow for more natural light into the building, especially compared to the old facility and the replacement building Mesa County Libraries used during the construction period.
The new facility also provides outdoor space for visitors to enjoy the weather when it cooperates.
In an effort to keep kids of similar ages in the same areas, and to control some of the noise, workers built a large children's room and a room for teens.
So far, officials are pleased with the reaction of the thousands of visitors.
"Really, the words we keep hearing are "Wow" and "Amazing," said Bob Kretschman, Public Information Manager for Mesa County Libraries. "I think people really like what they're seeing here. They've waited a long time for this."
Although officials weren't certain how many people attended Thursday's grand opening, Kretschman did expect a significantly greater amount than the 1,500 people that visit on a daily basis.
The library held a ribbon cutting ceremony, handed out balloons to kids, and hosted several musicians throughout the day.
The new building is located at the intersection of 5th AND Grand Avenue.