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Hamilton Mill library branch opens

Photo: David McGregor. County officials and members of the Dacula community help open the Hamilton Mill library with a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday afternoon.

Photo: David McGregor. County officials and members of the Dacula community help open the Hamilton Mill library with a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday afternoon.

DACULA -- For Samuel Augustin and his brother Jacob, the "green" features of Gwinnett's 15th library branch are cool.

But the real attraction to the newest book trove is what can be found inside.

"It's a great place to read and study and do our homework," 11-year-old Samuel said. "It's one of the best libraries I've been to."

The Augustin family had already visited the new 20,000-square-foot branch, but they came again Saturday to enjoy cake and ice, not to mention a military band, at the building's ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday.

The $7.4 million branch, paid for by county sales tax dollars and a state grant, features natural lighting, recycled materials and pervious parking, making it the fourth county building constructed to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards.

In the two weeks since its doors opened, the branch has welcomed 8,517 customers who have checked out nearly 22,000 materials.