Community celebrates massive grand opening at new Missoula Public Library

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Hundreds of people gathered in the shade outside the new Missoula Public Library’s front doors on Wednesday afternoon to celebrate a grand opening that was nearly five years in the making.

Featured guests with the library board, county commission, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, the downtown partnership and many others offered their congratulations before cutting the ribbon and letting the community into the completed space.

A young Missoulian holds a book as he listens to guest speakers at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Missoula Public Library.

ANTONIO IBARRA Missoulian

“This building represents the truth of our community and that we care for one another,” said Missoula Mayor John Engen.

The newly built Missoula Public Library will provide learning and cultural opportunities to the Missoula community.

ANTONIO IBARRA Missoulian

In 2016, Missoula voters approved a $30 million bond to build a new library. With the support of the Payne family, the building was able to remain downtown. The

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