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7/19/2016 Member News
Groundbreaking for Clearwater East Community Library at St. Petersburg College

Groundbreaking for Clearwater East Community Library at St. Petersburg College

St. Petersburg College and the City of Clearwater are partnering to develop a new joint-use community library on the Clearwater Campus.

The groundbreaking will be:
• 9:30 a.m. July 21
• SPC Clearwater Campus, 2465 Drew St., Clearwater 33765

The state-of-the-art, two-story building will be an open-space concept and will replace the existing facility, built in 1964. The $15 million library will house more than 90,000 electronic and print books. Opening remarks will be made by St. Petersburg College President Bill Law and Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos.

“St. Petersburg College is committed to the communities where our students and faculty live,” said Law. “This partnership allows the college and the City of Clearwater to serve the needs of our citizens and students in one place.”

The Clearwater Campus was home to nearly 10,000 students in Fall 2015, and more than 110,000 residents live in the City of Clearwater, making this a valuable college and community partnership.

“The City of Clearwater is pleased with this opportunity to partner with St. Petersburg College,” said Cretekos. “This modern, new facility will provide learning, research, and community benefits for students and residents.”

St. Petersburg College operates two other joint-use libraries in Pinellas County with the cities of St. Petersburg and Seminole. Both are thriving facilities where students and community members share access to an expanded range of resources.

A joint-use library is a place where patrons can discover new ideas and enjoy cultural enrichment opportunities, and students can focus on their academic pursuits.