New and renovated library openings around the state

Bond Act Library Openings

Dorris Library opens to serve Siskiyou community

Wednesday, November 15, 2006, was a special day in the City of Dorris because of the official opening of the new Dorris Library, a branch of the Siskiyou County Library.  The new building is 3,300 square feet and is significantly larger than the previous library that was 400 square feet. New services include a Homework Center, a Toy Library, Spanish Language and bi-lingual Collections, and a Meeting Room all of which will be well used by the 886 residents in this sparsely populated high desert area in Northern California.

For complete details about the Dorris Library construction project, please visit their page on the California State Library website.

Fairfield Cordelia Library opens in December

Fairfield Cordelia Library, a branch of the Solano County Library, was officially opened on Thursday, December 14, 2006.  The new 15,600 square foot library includes a collection of 47,000 items, 40 public computers, 3 group study rooms, and 12 study carrels. 

For complete details about the Fairfield Cordelia Library construction project, please visit their page on the CSL website.

Temecula Public Library opens in 2nd fastest growing California city

On Thursday, December 14, 2006, the new Temecula Public Library was officially opened. The 34,000 square foot building is located in the second fastest growing city in the state with a 3,137% overall population increase between 1980-2000 and a 3,700% increase in the school population.  Eighty-three percent of Temecula households have children under the age of 18.  Temecula’s library will offer children an environment of excitement and wonder where they can discover and enjoy books and reading.  It will also provide services and resources relevant to the needs of students ages 12 to 18, and to adults in the community.

For complete details about the Temecula Public Library construction project, please visit their page on the CSL website.

Manor Community Branch opens in San Leandro

Manor Community Branch Library, a branch of the San Leandro Public Library, opened on Saturday, December 2, 2006.  The new 9,500 square foot library replaces a smaller branch and includes 30 new computers, an expanded children's area and a fireplace where families can gather and share stories.  The service area has a population of 28,000 residents and nine schools, and because geographic barriers isolate the area from the rest of the city, the new library is seen as a "civic" gathering place in the neighborhood. 

For complete details about the Manor Community Branch Library construction project, please visit their page on the California State Library website.

Harbor Gateway - City Library opens in Los Angeles

On Thursday, February 1, 2007, the new Harbor Gateway - City Library of the Los Angeles Public Library was officially opened.  The new 14,621 square foot library is located in a community that is more racially diverse (51.84%) than California and US averages.  The new library includes access to computers, homework assistance and a homework center.  Teens will have a variety of programs, services and materials that focus on current interests and leisure activities while adults will have easy access to services and programs that help them find, evaluate, and use information effectively.

For complete details about the Harbor Gateway - City Library construction project, please visit their page on the California State Library website.

Locally funded library openings

Some California libraries have locally raised all funds for constructing or renovating library facilities in their communities. If you know of a library construction or renovation project in your area, please email CSL Connection Editor Sarah Dalton and we will include a profile of that library in an upcoming issue of CSL Connection.

West Portal Branch of San Francisco Public Library reopens following two-year renovation

The West Portal Branch of the San Francisco Public Library reopened its doors on February 10 after a much-needed upgrade.   San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, San Francisco Supervisor Sean Elsbernd, City Librarian Luis Herrera, and members of the community attended the celebration.

West Portal is the second branch to be renovated under the city’s Branch Library Improvement Program, which is funded by a $105.9 million bond measure passed by San Francisco voters in November 2000. The building is now seismically safe and fully accessible. A new elevator with street entrance allows easy access for parents with children and people with disabilities. A new addition at the rear of the building includes the elevator, new public restrooms and staff work areas. Project costs totaled $4.6 million.

Friends of the San Francisco Public Library worked in partnership with neighborhood residents, small business owners and community leaders over the past two years to raise funds, awareness and support for the branch improvements. The West Portal Library Campaign Committee raised more than $150,000 to pay for furnishings, fixtures and equipment at the branch—expenses not covered by the bond.

Building architects Thomas Hacker Architects Inc., of Portland, Ore. and Karin Payson Architects + Design of San Francisco took great care to preserve and restore the architectural beauty and historic character of the library. Inside the branch, ceiling stencils and woodwork were restored and lighting fixtures consistent with the building’s WPA-era style were installed.

For more information about the West Portal Branch Library, please call (415) 557-4277, or visit  




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