The 25,000-square-foot library for Alpharetta is part of Phase I of the library building program, underway through the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.
The library, which will be located near the corner of Haynes Bridge Road and Thompson Street, will replace the city’s 10,000-square-foot library branch.
“To be a part of your City Center is so exciting,” said Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann at the ground-breaking ceremony.
The grand opening of the new Alpharetta library is expected in the second quarter of 2015.
According to Stephanie Moody, chairman of the library system board, the new library will house books, DVDs, e-books, exhibits, children’s activities, classes, free Wi-Fi and workshops for professionals.
Recently, the library system cut hours and days from the hours of operation of each of its branches due to budget cuts from the county. Many part-time staff positions were also eliminated.
But at Tuesday’s event, Hausmann said the board is working to reverse those cuts.
In November 2008, 66 percent of Fulton County voters passed the library bond referendum, which includes eight new branch libraries: Alpharetta, East Roswell, Milton, Northwest Atlanta, Palmetto, Southeast Atlanta, Stewart-Lakewood and Wolf Creek.
“Back in 2008, our voters sent out a very positive message,” said Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves. “[The majority] said they wanted more libraries.”
The $275 million bond referendum also includes two expansion projects: Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History and the South Fulton Library.
Green building design and sustainability are priorities for these library building projects, and the library system expects to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver on all of the Phase I projects.
Each library will reflect the culture and interests of its community.
To stay up-to-date on the library building program, visit www.afpls.org.