N. Cobb Regional Library rendering

Cobb officials are set to break ground on the new North Cobb Regional Library on Tuesday afternoon. The rendering above shows an architect's design for the new library, to be built on Old Highway 41 across the street from North Cobb High School.
Special to the MDJ-Courtesy Cobb County government
Cobb officials will break ground on its newest library Tuesday at 3 p.m.
The North Cobb Regional Library will be located at 3535 Old Highway 41 in Acworth, directly across from North Cobb High School.
In November, the Cobb Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a $1.33 million design/build contract with Cumberland-based Batson-Cook Company for the 25,000-square-foot library.
The county’s 2016 special 1-percent sales tax earmarked $8.64 million for the new library. Batson-Cook’s work on the North Cobb Regional Library will include finding subcontractors to build the different components of the building as well as determining a guaranteed maximum price of the facility, which will need approval by commissioners.
When it opens, the new library is slated to lead to the consolidation of the Acworth and Kennesaw libraries, both of which were built in 1967 as 2,916-square-foot brick and cinder block buildings.
The groundbreaking comes just over a month after Cobb Commission Chairman Mike Boyce said it may be necessary to close eight of Cobb’s public libraries or face a property tax increase to fill a budget shortfall.
Among the new facility’s planned features are dedicated adult, teen and children’s areas as well as quiet study rooms, a computer commons, collaborative space and a community room.
Parking will be available for attendees of the groundbreaking ceremony at NorthStar Church, 3413 Blue Springs Road, Kennesaw.