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Groundbreaking Ceremony Scheduled for New Library North Lake Community Library Represents Collaborative Project

IRVING, Texas. 21 January 2000 - Expanded and enhanced library services will be the result of a collaborative project between North Lake College and the Irving Public Library. Construction begins on the new two-story, 59,000 square foot North Lake Community Library, a project that has been many years in planning. The groundbreaking ceremony and reception will be held on Thursday, January 27, 10:00 a.m., at the North Lake College Liberty Circle.

In 1994, Irving voters approved a capital improvements program with funds designated for the joint public/college library. North Lake College President Dr. David England said "North Lake wanted to expand its library and Irving needed a new library in the area. We are combining strengths and saving between $3 and $5 million in taxpayer dollars."

Dr. Lyle Vance, former manager of Irving's Northwest branch library, will be responsible for directing and coordinating all activities and services of the new facility. "This library will strengthen the services that the Irving Public Library system offers the city," stated Dr. Vance. "I am familiar with other joint efforts in the U.S. between public library systems and colleges, but the North Lake Community Library will be unique." Dr. Vance explained that services will be truly integrated, there will be no separate student and public access areas, all student ID's and public library cards will be accepted.

The North Lake Public Library is not the only project requiring a cooperative effort between the college and the Irving community. The Irving Independent School District, the City of Irving, and the college built a 26,000 square foot covered natatorium at North Lake in 1983. Also, the college worked with the city to develop the North Lake South Irving Center that opened in the fall of 1997 at the city's Human Services building on Nursery Road.

"We have been successful in the past with joint efforts between the college and the city, but the library represents many new possibilities for the partnership to extend services to the community,"

said Dr. England. Some of these possibilities include collaborative programming featuring North Lake faculty on television with live, in-library or on-campus programs.

"This exciting project represents a first-class library that will be an important resource to North Lake students, faculty and all of the Irving community. It is truly an effort that realizes the common goals of community service and life-long learning for both the library and college," stated Dr. England.

For more information contact Candice Castillo, North Lake Vice President for Planning and Development at (972) 273-3013.

North Lake College is a member of the Dallas County Community College District.