MARTINEZ (KCBS) – Saturday marks a day many Martinez residents have been waiting a year for as the city’s public library has reopened following a major renovation.

Boasting a new design and modern technology, Deputy County Librarian Gail McPartland said the building was in need of the upgrades, as it was built back in 1941.

“When the architects worked on this, they really wanted to keep the feel of the reading room. So they did keep the built-in shelving, which is beautiful,” she said. “They touched it up and refurbished it. They cleaned up the windows so there is really nice natural light coming in.”

KCBS’ Dave Padilla Reports:

The shelves and aisles are more easily accessible for people with physical disabilities and wide elevators were also installed.

McPartland said that despite budget constraints, libraries are growing in popularity.

“What we see in our libraries throughout the state and nation is that they are more popular than ever, they’re busier than ever and there is a greater need than there’s ever been,” McPartland said.

The Martinez Public Library is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2008, voters approved a $30 million bond that included $2 million set aside for renovations to the library.

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