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Photos: Halifax Central Library opens its doors

Haligonians smiled en masse on Dec. 13, as the long-awaited Halifax Central Library opened its doors for business.

Opening day featured musical performances, readings, technology demonstrations, and a mass ribbon-cutting ceremony involving 400 pairs of kids’ scissors distributed to the crowd.

The $57.6 million Halifax Central Library replaces the much-loved Spring Garden Road branch, which closed at the end of August. The new building is 129,000 square feet on five floors, with a collection 40 per cent larger than its predecessor. Library staff expect attendance at the new facility to double to 900,000 visits per year.

Here’s a glimpse inside the new Halifax Central Library on opening day.