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The library, scheduled to open Oct. 17, along with the technical college campus, is part of a partnership between Sarasota County, the Sarasota County School District, and city of North Port.The 23,321 square foot library will serve both as a public library and the library for the technical college. Including furnishings, it should cost about $7.2 million, including a $1 million state appropriation and a $500,000 state construction grant.The overall campus project should cost roughly $25.3 million and includes both the technical college and an expanded conference center paid for by North Port with a $715,000 contribution.think this is going to be a tremendously busy library, said Sarabeth Kalajian, director of libraries and historical resources for Sarasota County. location, the anticipation by the North Port community and the partnership with the schools is a great combination, also. of the Friends of the Shannon Staub Public Library got to meet new librarian Susan Totter and tour the shell of the building. The Friends group has been fundraising for a year and a half.very interested in all the details of the spaces, Kalajian said.Later this week, the automatic materials check in sorting conveyor system should arrive.Furniture delivery, the next big milestone, should happen next week. After that, it must be assembled and installed, people can feel comfortable and use their library, Kalajian said.The library will include a large meeting room for groups of up to 120 people, study/conference rooms for groups of two to 20, a creation station makerspace, two reading gardens, children storytime room, a teen zone, public access computers, a Friends of the Library bookstore and drive through return with automated check in and sorting.Books should arrive by late September. At first, the library will be outfitted with an opening day collection that based on the residents in the community and what the system knows about potential users.