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NAMPA-- The new construction project in downtown Nampa is gaining momentum.

Despite not having an opening date nailed down, those with the Nampa Library say this new space will double their current facility.

When Library Director Mark Rose looks at the new Nampa Library he sees community.

A library really in many ways is a community living room, said Rose.

His visions for this 62,000 square-foot building are endless.

There is a kids area on the first floor.

This is going to be great for the kids, said Rose.

Group meeting spaces on the second floor, and on the third floor is a terrace overlooking Nampa.

The lobby and this and the stairs are major focal points, said Rose.

Rose says another highlight of this library is a $100,000 automatic return handling system.

It's a major investment, a very important aspect of how and why the building was built, because it takes away a portion of the labor for many years to come, said Rose.

Although it s a bigger space, staffing levels will remain the same.

But what does Rose really wants for the library?

To fill the three-floor wall with a community art project.

The expensive part is going to be getting the funds to have the art to really fit the space, said Rose.

In Boise, a percent of public funds are set aside to put art in all city buildings.

But Canyon County doesn t have that so donations and fundraising will hopefully make that happen.

Having a place where the community can come and have some access to the good stuff, or somebody that come help them find what s worthwhile is really important, and that is what a library does, said Rose.

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