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New Cooper Memorial Library quickly exceeds expectations

RELEASE DATE: August 31, 2009

CLERMONT — Opening Aug. 17, the new two-story, 50,000-square-foot Cooper Memorial Library, located on the Lake-Sumter Community College’s South Lake Campus at 2525 Oakley Seaver Drive in Clermont, is aiming to become one of the County’s most popular libraries with more than 13,000 circulated items and 8,300 visitors in the first week.

“The new Cooper Memorial Library is a great accomplishment for the Lake County Library System, Lake-Sumter Community College and the University of Central Florida,” said Wendy Breeden, Director of the Lake County Department of Public Resources. “It is one of only a handful of three-way cooperative libraries in the country and is our most modern gateway to the world of information, ideas and imagination for all ages.”

In addition to its lofty circulation numbers, the library — in just its first week of operation — has registered nearly 400 new library cardholders and logged about 1,600 individuals using the library’s computers.

The $12.7 million project was a collaborative public and academic library between Lake County, Lake-Sumter Community College and the University of Central Florida. The new library replaces the former 7,300-square-foot public library in downtown Clermont.

The new library features a collection of 75,000 items, wireless Internet access; 125 public computers, an information commons with 54 computers, a technology lab with 35 computers, a meeting room that can accommodate 150, a bookstore, café, children’s story room and garden, teen room, Law Library and traditional & virtual reference services.

The public is invited to a grand opening ceremony on Friday, Sept. 25, at 9 a.m. The event will include a symbolic book brigade to commemorate the history of the library.
The operating hours for the new library are Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information about the new Cooper Memorial Library, call (352) 536-2275 or log on to www.mylakelibrary.org.

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