A door at the main entrance to the Carnegie Library building on Exchange Street. [Bob Joseph/WNBF News][/caption]

A walk through the historic library building in downtown Binghamton provides an opportunity to marvel at the facility that served thousands of people for several decades.

All is quiet now. One can imagine the children and adults who visited over the years for research, education and entertainment.

The building was constructed with a $75,000 gift from Andrew Carnegie. It opened in October 1904. But few people have been inside the structure since it was closed in 2000.

Architects and engineers have taken a close look at the facility in preparation for a SUNY Broome Community College project to bring the building back to life.

Within a few years, the Exchange Street site is expected to be the home of a culinary and events planning center.

College President Kevin Drumm said a groundbreaking ceremony for the project is being planned for September.

Binghamton Now takes you inside the historic building for a glimpse of what it looks like 15 years after it was last used.

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