LIBERTY — Mid-Continent Public Library will break ground on a new Liberty facility at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29. The current branch at 1000 Kent St. will remain open during construction.

Acquired by the library system in early 2019, the six-acre property where the new building is being constructed is one mile south of the current facility on the east side of Withers Road.

The groundbreaking ceremony will include remarks from library leadership and local officials. The new building will offer an array of amenities and upgraded technology throughout the 18,500-square-foot space including a community programming room for classes and forums, enclosed meeting/study rooms, designated teen area and a younger children’s area.

“One of the things we are most excited about are the enclosed programming and meeting rooms, which will be an amazing resource to our customers seeking co-working or study space,” Liberty Branch Manager Kara Drury said. “We’re also really looking forward to the architects’ plans to bring the outside in. Overall, this modern space will allow us to better meet the needs of our customers and we can’t wait to share it with them.”

The new building, more than 1,000 square feet larger than the current branch space, is slated to be complete by the end of 2020.

The branch has circulated more than 316,000 items and seen nearly 141,000 customers walk through its doors since it opened in 1982. In 1992, the building was added onto. Now, part of the building is sinking at a different rate than the other portion, requiring a new facility.

The new library will better accommodate growing customer needs, Public Relations Coordinator Emily Brown said.

Construction of the Liberty branch is part of Mid-Continent Public Library’s Capital Improvement Plan, which launched after voters approved funding through Proposition L in 2016. As part of the capital plan, all MCPL buildings are receiving improvements and two new branches will be constructed by the end of next year.

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