West Osceola library opens

State-of-the-art library opens to public

Author: Lisa McDonald, Assignment Editor, lmcdonald@wkmg.com
Published On: Feb 09 2013 11:59:42 AM EST
OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. -

A new, state of the art library for the residents of West Osceola County opened on today in Celebration with hundreds passing through its doors in the opening hours.

The 10,000-square-foot facility at 305 Campus Street more than quadruples the space in which the previous facility was housed, officials said.

Officials budgeted $200,000 to help fund the opening collection at a branch where usage has been highest per square foot among the county’s six branches.

“I am excited that the West Osceola Branch finally has a permanent home.  For many years, the residents of Celebration have demonstrated their love for public libraries and the contributions that they make to their community,” said Osceola County Commissioner Michael Harford.

“Today, we enter a bold, new chapter. This location will impact all citizens of Western Osceola County in a positive manner," Harford said.

The West Osceola branch consists of a one-story library building, with areas for the library collection, reading, study, computer, children/family and teens; as well as a large multipurpose room, staff work areas and office space, and restrooms, officials said.

The Library offers wireless internet connectivity for users.  The exterior architecture is consistent with the design intent of Celebration. Walt Disney World donated $150,000 for construction, officials said.