East Baton Rouge Parish voters recently voted to renew a 10-year property tax to fund the parish’s library system, a vote of confidence in the system’s operations.

People far beyond Baton Rouge are giving the library a thumbs-up, too, as we were reminded by the news that the new Main Library building has gotten several national awards for its design.

The new facility, which opened last year on Goodwood Boulevard, houses more than half a million books and other reference materials, along with a reading room, the Baton Rouge Archives Room and genealogy collection, a technology lab, 140 personal computers and offers 3D printing.

Library Journal recently gave the Main Library its 2015 New Landmark Library Ward, which recognizes libraries that have outstanding design. The Main Library received similar recognition from the American Institute of Architects and the Engineering News-Record.

Amenities such as the new Main Library help support Baton Rouge’s quality of life, a key part of keeping residents here and attracting new ones.

We’re proud of the new Main Library, and we’re glad that others outside of Baton Rouge are taking notice, too.