- Associated Press - Sunday, April 10, 2016

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The University of Michigan is reopening the William L. Clements Library after a two-and-a-half year, $17 million renovation and expansion.

The Ann Arbor school plans to reopen the library Monday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, tours and lecture by Mark Dimunation, the Library of Congress’ chief of special collections. His evening talk will be held at the nearby University of Michigan Museum of Art.

Officials say the renovation’s aim was to boost accessibility and increase use of one of the nation’s leading collections of writings, books, maps and other cultural items from early exploration of North America to key U.S. developments of the 19th-century. A two-level underground addition includes 3,000 square feet of climate-controlled storage space.

The Albert Kahn-designed library opened in 1923.

The university operated an alternative site during renovations.

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