Approximately 80 people witnessed the groundbreaking on Thursday, July 21 for the Clearwater East Community Library at St. Petersburg College’s Clearwater Campus. Dr. Stan Vittetoe gave opening remarks and welcomed faculty, students, and guests.
“I’m so glad this day has come,” Senior VP Instruction and Academic Programs Dr. Anne Cooper said. “This library is a learning hub for our students and community.”
Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos talked about the impact a library has in the community. “The college and the city have worked really hard for this day,” Cretekos said. “The library has always been important to the community and vital to students.”
Student SGA Representative Courtney Kent described the new facility as “a safe place for the imagination to grow.”
The state-of-the-art, two-story building will be an open-space concept and will replace the existing facility, which was built in 1964. The $15 million library will house more than 90,000 electronic and print books.
SPC operates two other joint-use libraries in Pinellas County with the cities of St. Petersburg and Seminole. Both are thriving facilities where students and community members share access to an expanded range of resources. A joint-use library is a place where patrons can discover new ideas and enjoy cultural enrichment opportunities, and is also a place where students can focus on their academic pursuits.
Dr. Shannon Ulrich, a representative of the Faculty Governance Organization, gave closing remarks. “We believe a vast amount of knowledge will be cultivated at this site.”