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NEWORLEANS -- The Cita Dennis Hubbell Library in Algiers reopened Saturday following the completion of a $1.3 million renovation project for the 106-year-old building.

The Algiers Branch at 725 Pelican Ave. will contain over 8,600 books, 600 DVDs and over 300 CDs, according to a news release from the office of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

There are also eight public computers with two for children only. Renovation funding came from city bond funds and FEMApublic assistance, according to the news release.

The library is 2,730 square feet and includes new roof, lighting, fixtures, storefront entry vestibule, HVAC system, flooring, windows, fire alarm system and electrical code upgrades.

'Restoring this historic structure was important to the lasting heritage of New Orleans and Algiers and further commemorates its namesake, Cita Dennis Hubbell, for her efforts in keeping this library open,' Landrieu said.

The library survived Hurricane Katrina in 2005, but moisture and termite damage to the roof left it closed to the public since 2008.

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