New Library Opens in San Jose

The 20,000 square foot library at 1000 S. Bascom Ave. includes a community living room, tech center, group and quiet study rooms and a teen room.

Sunday, Feb 24, 2013  |  Updated 1:37 PM PDT
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New Library Opens in San Jose

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San Jose city officials celebrated the grand opening of the new Bascom Branch Library on Saturday.

The 20,000 square foot library at 1000 S. Bascom Ave. includes a community living room, tech center, group and quiet study rooms and a teen room.

It is the 17th bond-funded branch library project to be completed in San Jose.

"Thanks to our residents' support, San Jose has been able to build new branch libraries throughout the city," said Mayor Chuck Reed. "I am delighted that the new Bascom Library will be providing an important community gathering place for residents of all ages."

The library also features a family learning center, for families and individuals looking to improve their literacy and life skills, and public art offering a visual timeline of Bascom's culture and history, officials said.

A $212 million bond passed in 2000 provided funds for the construction of six new and fourteen expanded branch libraries, all but two of which have been completed.
 

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