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Take a virtual tour, first look inside the newly renovated Flint Public Library

FLINT, MI – This is not your average community library.

The Flint Public Library is back and better built than ever with new technology, meeting rooms, and even dining now.

The newly renovated Flint Public Library opened Thursday, May 19 for self-guided tours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday, May 20 for a soft opening when the library is full and all services are available .

After being closed for more than two years for the project following some delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the renovations costing more than $20 million are finally complete.

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The library, located at 1026 E. Kearsley St., is now better equipped to serve Flint County and Genesee residents after expanding from just three to 19 small and large meeting spaces, a dining room, kitchenette, community gathering spaces and classrooms.

This summer, the Flint Public Library will open a digital studio equipped with studio-grade microphones, a green screen, and a Mac with full Adobe Creative Suite.

Executive Director Kay Schwartz’s favorite aspect of the library’s new interior is the Gloria Coles Sky Salon, a 7-person meeting room that floats with four walls of glass above the learning staircase at the center of the building.

“You can see all around and people can see you. I think it will be a popular place,” Schwartz said.

The library is now outfitted with smaller stacks of books to provide sight lines to the glass windows that surround the building, a large learning space for children, a community room, a learning staircase, an internet cafe, a digital learning center and an expanded local history and genealogy space with room to grow. It also has casual outdoor gathering spaces.

The project added 16,000 square feet of public space by reorganizing ground floor use and opening up the layout, Schwartz said.

Flint voters approved a $12.6 million bond in November 2019 to fund the renovations, along with funds from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Ruth Mott Foundation and Community Foundation of Greater Flint.

Regular business hours resume Saturday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be an extravagant grand opening on the same day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Watch the video above to take a virtual tour and get a first look inside the newly renovated facility. Click through the gallery below to see even more details and images throughout the library.

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