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Groundbreaking held for new South Central Regional Library

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Shovels hit the ground Friday to start a project designed to benefit thousands in Louisville.

Today's groundbreaking marks the start of construction on the new South Central Regional Library. It's replacing the Okolona branch -- and it marks the second of three new regional libraries included in the Louisville Free Public Libraries Master Plan.

At a cost of more than $14 million, it promises a state-of-the-art building and other things neighbors specifically requested.

"It will also have more books, DVDs and materials in multiple languages -- as the mayor mentioned -- as well as a local history collection," said Jim Blanton, director of the Louisville Free Public Library. "It will have comfortable spaces, including quiet areas to study, and also really nice outdoor spaces to be in as well."

It's expected to be finished in early 2017.

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