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Friday, September 25, 2015

This is what's happening with my library branch

New library branch will be big, luxurious and best of all — it will have a drive-through
The first thing you need to know about the new Lexington library branch is that a luxurious look is in the building's DNA.

The 33,000 square foot as-yet-unnamed library branch, at the corner of Palumbo Drive and Man o' War Boulevard, formerly housed a luxury car dealership that sold Jaguars and Land Rovers. It is expected to open next spring, shortly after the Eagle Creek branch closes.

At the new library on Blake James Drive, the ceilings soar. The huge swaths of cherry-colored wood paneling exude a kind of Town & Country elegance. A fireplace with a huge horizontal stone panel forms the centerpiece of what will be one of the main ground-floor corridors.

On the floor nearby the current entrance is a customed-tiled compass— almost as if the building is calling out to the giant Foucault pendulum at the Central Library on Main Street.
I'll miss the little cozy branch that's a block from my house, but this won't be too much further, at least by car. And I do pick up a lot of holds, so the drive-through service sounds intriguing. We'll see.

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