Cobb plans $10.6 million library, cultural center

The new East Marietta Library and Cultural Center is expected to be completed in summer 2017 for $10.6 million.

The Cobb County project is being funded through the 2016 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax and the Georgia Board of Regents with $8.6 million coming from SPLOST.

The community is invited to a 1 p.m. groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday at 2051 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. The 28,000-square-foot building will replace the existing East Cobb Library that was built in 1967. The older building will remain open at 2051 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta while the new library is under construction.

The existing East Cobb Library is the seventh busiest in the county with about 55,000 patron visits annually. Cobb County Library Director Helen Poyer said the new facility will “be transformed into a ‘Knowledge Library’ for discovery and 21st-century skills development. This will be a unique facility – a destination – for all of Cobb County.” The new facility will include classrooms, an art gallery, a black box theater, an outdoor amphitheater and music practice rooms. Information: 770-509-2711,

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