Construction is complete, books shelved, and the speeches made. That was the cue to pop the confetti and let the kids charge for the door to the new Lone Tree Library.
On July 9, Douglas County Libraries celebrated the grand opening of the second …
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Construction is complete, books shelved, and the speeches made. That was the cue to pop the confetti and let the kids charge for the door to the new Lone Tree Library.On July 9, Douglas County Libraries celebrated the grand opening of the second of three new libraries scheduled to open in the district in 2016.The new Lone Tree Library encompasses 25,000 square feet, up from 11,000, and houses a collection 40 percent larger than the building it replaced.“This goes way beyond what we could have ever hoped for, better than we thought it could be,” said Lone Tree Mayor Jackie Millet. “None of this could have happened without the taxpayers.”The state-of the-art facility — located at 10055 Library Way, east of the Lone Tree Arts Center — features a number of improvements over the retired library on Lone Tree Drive, including eight study rooms, three community rooms, and an automated sorting system to accommodate the increase of titles on library shelves.“Depending on volume, returned books can go from the drop box to the shelves in as little as an hour,” said Donna Trott, materials handling technician at Lone Tree Library.The system automatically sorts books by their general location in the library. It also knows when a book belongs to another location and drops it into the appropriate basket for transfer.In addition to a Kids Corner, designers incorporated reading nooks, lounges, three outdoor terraces and an indoor-outdoor fireplace.On the technical side, the Tech-it-Out automated computer borrowing system allows library cardholders to check out a laptop (PC or Mac) for use in the library for up to two hours at a time. A library-wide security system alerts staff and disables the laptops if they are removed from the building.During his remarks, Bob Pasicznyuk, executive director of Douglas County Libraries, credited the city and other contributors for helping DCL obtain such a prime location for the new facility.“Sometimes free land is an interesting gift,” Pasicznyuk said. “In this case, it is a gift of land that we couldn't even dream about getting. There was no way that we could have this site without RidgeGate Development and the City of Lone Tree stepping forward to work together to do something incredibly special here.”The City of Lone Tree conveyed the land to Douglas County Libraries in a deal that included a series of swaps and infrastructure development agreements between Rampart Range Metropolitan District, Lincoln Commons South Inc., and RidgeGate Development.An addition, a component of the deal allowed Lone Tree to acquire the old library building for about two-thirds of its appraised value of $1.2 million.
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