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California State Library Reopens Tuesday


The library is right across the street from the State Capitol Building.

"There are two very beautiful, large buildings that look somewhat like Greek temples," says Gerry McGinnity, the Acting State Librarian of California.

The library is the building at 914 Capitol Mall.

McGinnity explains, the 85-year-old structure is reopening after a $49 million renovation.

"The building has been closed since 2009 for modernizing a little bit," explains McGinnity.

Including a special sprinkler system to protect books and artwork, and better lighting.

"We've brought in a lot more natural light, we've improved the lighting as you first enter the memorial vestibule to World War I veterans."

A grand reopening ceremony is set for tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock followed by tours of the building. Exhibits include a collection of political memorabilia such as buttons and posters.


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