Buckeye’s newest library is opening its doors to the public with an open house and dedication from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
It is set to open for full library services March 2.
The new facility, which occupies almost 17,000 square feet of the Sundance Crossings shopping center, is at 21699 W. Yuma Road.
Buckeye purchased the 66,000-square-foot Sundance Crossings Shopping Center at Yuma and Dean roads about a year ago for $2.5 million.
“It’s been newly painted, we have all new computers, and we just ordered 3,000 new titles — it’s like a brand new library again,” said Christine Larson, supervisor for the Buckeye Public Library.
Construction of the new facility began in early summer 2014. The new facility will now offer wireless Internet access, technologically friendly furniture, more than 250,000 new DVDs, audio titles and books, a dedicated museum space and a Friends of the Buckeye Public Library Book Store.
Items available for purchase in the book store will include donated books and audio titles.
In addition, an Innovation Center within the library will promote small business opportunities through the Rapid Startup School, a partnership established between city officials and the Arizona State University’s Department of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, for people trying to start a business.
“We cover over 600 square miles and we’ve only ever had one library,” Larson said. “It’s really difficult to provide services across such a wide community. We are really happy to have the chance to serve our community better.”
The dedication and open house event will also feature special author and illustrator signings, raffles, a “name the mascot” contest and a book sale.
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