Church leaders broke ground on a new Church History Library for the "recordmaking and recordkeeping people" of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Despite rumors floating around in e-mail, this is not a new genealogy library. Instead, it is to be a replacement for the current history library in the Church Office Building, a high-rise building one block from the Family History Library.
The five-floor, 250,000-square-foot building will be located on the northeast corner of the intersection of North Temple and Main streets, a spot that is a parking lot today. Construction is expected to begin later this year, with completion scheduled for late 2007. The new library will house the growing historical collection, which currently includes 3.5 million manuscripts, 210,000 publications, 100,000 photographs and 50,000 audiovisual productions. Again, it will not house genealogy information.
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