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October 18, 2010

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CCBC celebrates opening of new library on Catonsville campus
CCBC Catonsville library first newly constructed building in 10 years

Baltimore, Md. -- The Community College of Baltimore County has a lot to celebrate as it proudly cuts the ribbon to mark the opening of its new library at CCBC Catonsville. The ribbon-cutting ceremony takes place at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 19. Following the ceremony will be self-guided tours with CCBC representatives posted throughout to provide information about the building’s various features. Several local officials, including Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith, are scheduled to be in attendance for this celebration.

The CCBC Catonsville library is the college’s first newly constructed building in 10 years. Consisting of more than 75,000 square feet, the facility houses not only library space but seven classrooms, a Student Success Center, a Cyber Café and more. The building was designed to LEED Silver Certification standards, meaning it is environmentally friendly, with eco-conscious features like energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, water-conserving fixtures in restrooms and recycled and recyclable materials in flooring and ceiling panels.

“We are extremely excited to open this beautiful new library at CCBC Catonsville,” said CCBC President Sandra Kurtinitis. “Not only is this facility eco-friendly, it is also state-of-the-art and provides a wonderful place for our students to study, learn and congregate. We’re grateful to both the state and the county for funding this project. It is a wonderful addition to our Catonsville campus.”

Baltimore County Executive Jim Smith, who was instrumental in securing county funds for the construction of the library, is pleased to see this building completed and knows the positive impact it will have on the students.

"This library will ensure that the Catonsville campus of the Community College of Baltimore County has the facilities it needs to prepare its students to succeed in the economy of the 21st century," expressed Smith.

Construction of the new library began in March 2009 with a completion cost of $28 million with funding provided by both county and state. Five classrooms on the ground level were made available for classroom instruction at the start of the Fall 2010 semester while minor work continued on the upper floors. Students will gain full use of the building in late November.

The existing library at CCBC Catonsville was dedicated in 1968 with a cost slightly exceeding $1.2 million. It has 41,023 square feet of usable space and housed the library’s main book collection as well as computer labs. There are plans for the old library to be renovated into a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math building.

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