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Library Staff Prepare for Transition

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The Billings Public Library closes on Friday to switch over to the new facility.

Billings Chamber of Commerce Director of Affairs, Bruce Macintyre, saw the new building for the first time. "You think you've seen it all, and you go to a different section and then you see a new spot all over again.," Macintyre said.

Macintyre said seeing the new building is breathtaking. "I'm just so amazed by absolutely everything in here. The vibrant colors, the unique spaces we have in here. It's so much bigger on the inside that it is on the outside. It's just absolutely amazing," Macintyre said.

There are several amenities here at the new library, and the coolest feature might be the 44-foot story cone. It's a cozy room with colorful lights for youngsters and storytellers. Library board member, Lyn McKinney, said the room speaks for itself. "Absolutely stupendous! I can't believe the views, I can't believe the planning that went into creating the space that people can use it in many different ways, which is great to have it so flexible," McKinney said.

Billings Senior High sophomore, Clarissa Murray, is organizing a time capsule for community members to open on the library's 150th anniversary. Clarissa says she's excited to be a part of the new library's history."This building is amazing. The architecture is amazingly unique. It's incredibly energy efficient and has a beautiful layout," Murray said.

"This building is wired for all the technologies people are using now, and it's designed to be flexible for the all the technologies that haven't even been invented yet," Billings Public Library Director, Bill Cochran said.

The new building will open its doors on January 6th to the community, and an official grand opening with take place February 1st.

According to library officials, the existing Billings Public Library was initially built as an Auto Parts shop. After closing its doors on Friday, plans are in the works to turn the space into a parking lot.