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High-Tech Library Coming to Historic Irving Neighborhood

The future of Irving — selected elementary school students — will wield pint-size shovels during Friday's groundbreaking ceremony at the future home of Irving's next library.

Irving's master plan calls for a library to be located within four miles of each resident. To accomplish this, the city planned four libraries. Two have been completed and the third is scheduled for groundbreaking at 10 a.m. Feb. 15 at 601 Schulz Drive. Community leaders will join the children at the ceremony.

"Residents told us libraries were very important to them and we listened," said Irving Library Director Chris Dobson. "This library will be outfitted with numerous amenities including, smart technology, a media wall, liquid floor tiles in the children's area and an iCreate lab for teens. There’s something for everyone here.”

The residents also had some input on the exterior design of the 52,570-square-foot building. In keeping with the design standards adopted by the Heritage District, the South Irving Library façade will include Texas limestone elements to complement the exterior design of other buildings throughout the neighborhood. And, based on the tremendous success of the sustainable features at the West Irving Library, the South Irving Library will benefit from special dimming glass and geothermal wells for energy conversation.

"Residents have no need to miss the bookstores that have closed. They have fabulous library facilities and this will be one of which to be proud," said Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne. "This is a beautiful addition coming to the Heritage District, one of Irving's most historic neighborhoods."

Those attending the event will be students from John Haley Elementary and St. Luke Catholic School as well as city officials including Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne; Rose Cannaday, Council member and council liaison to the Library Board; Brad LaMorgese city council member and alternate council liaison to the Library Board; City Manager Tommy Gonzalez; Robert Gerard, President of the Library Board; and Margie Cohen, President of the Friends of the Irving Public Library. Home Depot will provide pint-sized shovels.

The South Irving Library is scheduled for completion May 2014 and will replace the aging Central Irving Library.

Updated Feb. 12

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