Officials break ground on new Tennessee state library

Tennessee state library

The exterior of the future Tennessee State Library and Archives at night. Image courtesy Tennessee Secretary of State

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – State officials have broken ground on a new state Library and Archives building slated to be complete in fall 2019.

According to a news release from the Tennessee secretary of state, Secretary of State Tre Hargett, Gov. Bill Haslam, Senate Speaker Randy McNally, House Speaker Beth Harwell and Tennessee State Librarian and Archivist Chuck Sherrill were on hand for the groundbreaking Monday afternoon at the future site of the Nashville facility.

The new $123.8 million Library and Archives facility is being built near the new Tennessee State Museum that is under construction north of the state Capitol.

About half of the project is funded and the rest will be recommended for the upcoming budget.


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