Today marked the grand opening for both of Houston County's new libraries.
"It was old and it stunk. I didn't like it," said Cheri Fox, a Wicksburg resident.
Over the years Fox had only been to the downtown library a few times but today she was one of the many that gave the library another chance.
"It's great. It's really, really nice. It smells good and it's new and fresh and inviting and welcoming," said Fox.
As a home school parent she says the library will be a great resource.
"He loves to research and he's a writer so he likes to learn things about everything he can so this will be a nice place that he can come and he can enjoy it and I can enjoy it," said Fox.
That's exactly the response the library board was hoping for.
"The old library was so old and so outdated it really drove people away. Many people that wanted to be involved with the library just would not participate in what was available because of the old facility. We think that these new facilities will reengage a large portion of the community," said Steve Roy, chairman of the Houston County Library System.
He says the library will connect the community and that it's much more than just books.
"The great thing about this is that a great library means a great city. Because I don't care where you are on the economic world, you can walk through these doors and it'll open the world to you," said Dothan Mayor Mike Schmitz.
"I'm excited for all of Houston County. This is going to change the way that people look at libraries and what libraries can do for them from cradle to grave," said Bettye Forbus, the director for Houston County’s libraries.
Private donors have paid for more than 1.5 million dollars of the 7 million dollar cost; truly making it a community project.