This artist's rendering shows the new Family History Library Discovery Center. Construction has begun on the new center, which is set to be completed in February 2017.

SALT LAKE CITY — Construction has begun on the Family History Library's new Family History Discovery Center. The project is set to be completed in February 2017, according to a news release.

"Our guests, particularly those who are completely new to family history, will be able to enjoy fun, personal discoveries through interactive technological experiences with their family's history," said Tamra Stansfield, manager of the Family History Library, in the news release.

The interactive activities are part of an organizational effort to introduce more people to the many facets of personal and family discovery. The center will feature life-size touch-screen computer monitors for some of the interactive stations and enclosed spaces for parents with smaller children where parents can still explore their family history while observing their children. A green screen will also be available for guests to create a photo memory.

Stansfield suggests that people create a free account on and begin to build their family tree with stories and photos. This will offer participants an enhanced experience at the new center.

The Family History Library and staff will continue to be accessible during construction of the center.

The prototype Discovery Center at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building will close once the new center opens in 2017.

Visit for information, including an artist's rendering of the new center and a link to a time-lapse camera to follow the center's construction progress.