Library and county officials broke ground on the 25,000-square-foot project at a ceremony Thursday.
Designs were presented showing what the exterior of the building and the lay out will be.
The Milton branch will be “state of the art” but will also “have the rustic appearance that fits well with our Milton community,” according to Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann.
She also mentioned the recent changes in the library's hours of operation, saying, “Our library system is going through transitions. I regret that we had to cut hours, but it's only temporary, I assure you.”
The Milton area has never had an official library, according to Stephanie Moody, chairman of the library system's board of trustees.
This new branch, at 855 Mayfield Road, and the seven others in the works — in Alpharetta, East Roswell, Milton, Northwest Atlanta, Palmetto, Southeast Atlanta, Stewart-Lakewood and Wolf Creek — are part of Phase I of the Library Building Program, currently underway.
The new libraries are the result of a $275 million bond referendum voters passed in 2008.
The grand opening of the Milton Library is expected in the second quarter of 2015. It will include access to books, DVDs, e-books, free wireless internet, audio books, a homework helpline and eCampus courses.
Green building design and sustainability are priorities for these library building projects, and the Library System expects to achieve LEED Silver on all of the Phase I projects. Each library will reflect the culture and interests of its community.
Stay up-to-date on the Library Building Program by visiting www.afpls.org.