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New east Las Vegas library to fight to stay relevant

Posted: 9:12 AM, Nov 02, 2017
Updated: 2017-11-02 16:12:25Z

A new library is coming to the east side of Las Vegas, with construction crews breaking ground Thursday.  The library will have to fight to stay relevant in our digital age. 

The library is being built on Bonanza and 28th, and is expected to cost over $10 million.  

Local libraries have been forced to reinvent their services, despite being visited more than six million times in recent years.  They are fighting to compete with handheld devices filled with instant information.  

Developers say the East Las Vegas Library will have a job resource center, a community center, even study rooms.  

State Senator Mo Dennis says says many schools on the east side of the valley are Title I schools with lower income students.  Some are struggling to learn, with little access to books or the internet.  

"Having that library resource there, that they can go to after school, or with their families, will make a huge difference in their education and also the cultural development of those families," says Senator Dennis.  

The library is being paid for through city funds, state library funds, and donations.