BUFFALO, N.Y. — The city’s largest public library has made a big step toward opening a $3.4 billion building in the Miami suburbs.
The $1 billion Library for Miami, a joint venture of the city and the Florida Public Library, opened its doors Monday to the public for the first time.
The building will house about 3,500 workers and will be the largest library in the city, with about 5,000 books and more than a dozen other services, including video lectures and other services.
The library is expected to open in 2019.
The public can use the Library for Manhattan or Manhattan 2.
In the future, the library will also offer free online and offline access.
The building is being built with $500 million in private funds, including $1 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and $250 million from a partnership with the city’s public works department.
The public will be able to borrow up to $2,500 per year, which the library expects will grow to $4,000 per year.