The City of Palo Alto took local media on a guided tour Thursday of the new 56,332-square-foot Mitchell Park Library and Community Center, a project whose opening has been anticipated for two-and-a-half years.
Funded by 2008's Measure M, the library at 3700 Middlefield Road is four times larger than its predecessor and has a collection nearly twice its previous size. It includes children's and teen's areas, a computer training room, private group study rooms, outdoor terraces and flexible classrooms.
The rebuilt community center includes a multi-purpose event room with kitchen that can comfortably accommodate 300 guests; space for dance, exercise and other classes; a game room; a half-court basketball area; and a public café.
The facility will open in November, and a grand opening is scheduled for Dec. 6.
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A video tour of the new library and community center.