Saturday, November 12, 2011

Parmly Billings Library, Billings, Montana

[LIB4881] - New library to be built in Billings, Montana

Billings, Montana, will get a new library because 57 percent of voters there approved a $16 million bond referendum on Tuesday.

The Parmly Billings Library Foundation has already raised $5 million in private donations (including a $2 million anonymous donation) to help finance the new 66,000-square-foot Parmly Billings Library, which will replace a 56-year-old building in which the library has 46,000 square feet.

The Billings Gazette reported that the unofficial result was 17,181 in favor of the bond and 13,023 against it. A previous bond issue in 2002 lost 55 to 45 percent.

"This is going to be something amazing for this city," Leslie Modrow, development director for the library foundation, told the Gazette. The new library may open in late 2013.

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