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Riverside to open main public library

A grand opening ceremony is scheduled to be held Jan. 26 for Riverside’s main public library.

Festivities will begin at 10 a.m., after which the main doors will be opened and “family-friendly” activities will be held until 2 p.m., according to a statement on the city’s website.

The new library, at 3900 Mission Inn Ave. is a two-story building that covers approximately 42,000 square feet. It includes an archive reading room, children’s room, innovation center, outdoor terrace, and the Friends of the Riverside Public Library bookstore.

It will have approximately 60,000 materials in the circulating collection.

Attendance is free and light refreshments will be served. Mayor Patricia Lock Dawson and members of the Riverside City Council will be on hand.

“The timing could not be better, as our community comes out of the pandemic we’ll all be able to immediately enjoy what the new Main Library has to offer,” Dawson said in the statement. “We are the city of arts and innovation, and you will find exactly that in this beautiful facility.”

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