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Inside the new library 

Take a look before it opens.

The new Halifax Central Library is officially set to open on Saturday, December 13. But today media got a backstage tour of all the exciting features Halifax will soon get to sample. Share the wow, indeed!

click to enlarge The grand entryway upon entering from Spring Garden Road.
  • The grand entryway upon entering from Spring Garden Road.
click to enlarge A wall of 5,000 miniature paintings in the main entryway.
  • A wall of 5,000 miniature paintings in the main entryway.
click to enlarge RFID tags instead of barcodes and electronic kiosks means quicker check-outs.
  • RFID tags instead of barcodes and electronic kiosks means quicker check-outs.
click to enlarge The automated book return system will be visible to those walking by.
  • The automated book return system will be visible to those walking by.
click to enlarge The view of the Harbour from the library's fifth floor.
  • The view of the Harbour from the library's fifth floor.
click to enlarge It's pretty cool inside, you have to admit.
  • It's pretty cool inside, you have to admit.
click to enlarge New study pods provide comfort and privacy.
  • New study pods provide comfort and privacy.
click to enlarge Soundproof studios can be rented for music recording, mixing and video editing—all free of charge.
  • Soundproof studios can be rented for music recording, mixing and video editing—all free of charge.
click to enlarge The theatre hold 300, with seats that tuck away, a retractable wall to separate it from the Library and its own back entrance.
  • The theatre hold 300, with seats that tuck away, a retractable wall to separate it from the Library and its own back entrance.
click to enlarge The automated book return system frees up staff to help run projects and be more accessible to patrons.
  • The automated book return system frees up staff to help run projects and be more accessible to patrons.

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