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After a decade of planning and work, the newly renovated Peoria Public Library system is about finished.

Officials say the $28 million reinvention plan was designed to modernize library services to all parts of the city. Some parts of the library are 100 years old.

The main branch has been renovated at a cost of $10.2 million, along with major  improvements and renovations at other branches. The library system's Lakeview Branch is closed. Library officials say it needs more renovations.

Ed Szynaka is the director of the library. He says the upgrades will bring positive benefits to the entire community.

The library reports that usage is up. Circulation of library materials increased 31% in 2011.

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