After years of ruckus much louder than shushing levels permitted in a library, Sandy's new library will finally open Friday, June 14.

The official opening, tagged "A Banner Day. A Window to the Future," closes the book on the longstanding rancor between the city and Salt Lake County over the $2.5 million, 26,000-square-foot facility."At times we wore bulletproof vests going before the Sandy City Council and citizen hearings. Emotions ran high on this issue," Salt Lake County Library Director Eileen Longsworth said. "Now we feel this tremendous spirit of cooperation and excitement. It has turned into a win-win situation for everyone. It's a wonderful example of city, county and private cooperation where everyone wins."

The battle ignited when Sandy residents pushed the county to replace the Peterson Library with a larger facility to meet the needs of the growing suburban population.

More than once Sandy threatened to pull out of the county library system as officials felt their city wasn't getting its fair share of services for the library taxes its residents were paying. The county had planned to build a new Sandy facility, but not as quickly as Sandy wanted because the county refused to go into debt to do so.

Then the dispute centered on the building's configuration - whether the building would have a basement and meeting room, whether the basement could be used to house non-library functions, whether the county would stock the shelves with enough books. Sandy wanted a minimum of 120,000 books.

Wins and loses were recorded on both sides.

The building won't have a basement. The city is paying the $30,000 cost of adding the meeting room. And the library will open with 125,000 books.

The library, at 10100 S. Petunia Way (1450 East), is the first facility built through the county's revolving loan fund. The county placed some of its designated reserves into a fund so it could borrow from itself for such projects rather than issue bonds and spent taxes to pay interest.

Three of the five acres on which the library is built was donated by White Investment Co. and Magna Investment and Development Ltd. In return for their approximate $300,000 land donation, the developers received a zoning change they needed from the city to pursue development of adjacent property.

The county purchased two additional acres for $40,000 per acre.

The new library will be operated by a staff of 40 full- and part-time employees, headed by library manager Ron Gabriel and assistant manager Darlene Dineen.