NASHVILLE (WSMV) – Nashville will get its first look inside the new Tennessee State Library and Archives Building later today. 

The new facility is 165,000 square feet and increases capacity by 40% for up to 760,000 items. 

State officials tell us a climate-controlled chamber was added to store historic books and manuscripts. Additionally, a blast freezer will also be available to help staff save materials damaged by water or insects after floods and natural disasters. 

The Secretary of State’s office calls this a ‘major upgrade’ from the current 1950’s era home of the state library and archives. 

The new building is set to be celebrated this afternoon with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and will open to the public on Tuesday with most of the 500,000 books in their collection. 

To watch the ribbon-cutting ceremony, stay with us on our social media pages and our free News4 app as we’ll stream it live at 1 p.m. 

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