News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


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Renovated Children’s Library Re-opens September 29
Public-private partnership key to project success
Contact : Diane Jennings, Library Director, City of Palo Alto, Library Department    650-329-2403
Palo Alto, CA  – The remodeled and expanded Palo Alto Children’s Library is ready to re-open on Saturday, September 29, 2007. The much loved building has been enjoyed by generations of Palo Alto children since 1940.

The 21-month renovation includes a comprehensive structural upgrade of the existing building, plus repairs and replacement of outdated heating, mechanical and electrical systems. An innovative "green" building feature is a heating and cooling system that uses ground source heat pump technology. The expansion adds over 2,600 square feet in two new wings, increasing its size to 6,043 square feet. The larger wing is a dedicated program and reading room featuring folding doors that open into the restored Secret Garden. The smaller wing houses staff operations, freeing up most of the original library for public use.  The remodel was designed by Architectural Resources Group, an award-winning firm noted for its work on historic buildings.

Funding for the $4.1 million project, including design, construction and new furnishings, is the result of a successful public-private partnership and the generosity of the community.  The Palo Alto Library Foundation and the Friends of the Palo Alto Library created a targeted fundraising alliance in 2003 after being inspired by an anonymous local donor’s $150,000 contribution towards improving the Children’s Library. The organizations jointly raised over $1.5 million; the City of Palo Alto contributed funds from its infrastructure reserve and other grants supplemented the project costs. 

For more information, see the Library website at or phone 650-329-2516.