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NC State to Break Ground on New Centennial Campus Library

North Carolina State University officials will break ground on a new state-of-the-art library for its Centennial Campus that, through its innovative design and technological sophistication, will set the standard for 21st century university libraries.

The 200,000-square-foot Hunt Library, named for former North Carolina Gov. James B. Hunt Jr.,  will help alleviate overcrowded conditions in university library spaces, effectively doubling the number of study seats on campus. It will contain an automated book-retrieval system – saving valuable space normally consumed by book “stacks” – and the latest learning and computer technologies to assist students. Appropriations for the project are $115 million.

The groundbreaking event will take place at 9 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 23, in the oval behind College of Engineering Buildings I and II on Centennial Campus. Media coverage is invited; media parking is available on Oval Drive, which can be accessed from Centennial Parkway.

The groundbreaking is part of the university’s celebration of Centennial Campus’ 25th anniversary. The 1,334-acre Centennial Campus serves as NC State’s research park, and includes more than 120 government, industry and university partners who work collaboratively to solve problems and make societal advancements.

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