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


PRESS RELEASE 06/18/2009
Subject :

College Terrace Library Renovation Set to Begin
Contact : Cornelia van Aken, Assistant Library Director    650-329-2668

Palo Alto, CA – The College Terrace Library will close, effective Monday, July 13, 2009, to renovate the historic building that houses the library and a child care center. Construction is estimated to take one year to complete. The City-funded Capital Improvement Project will upgrade the building’s mechanical, electrical and seismic systems, add air conditioning, and make improvements to building accessibility.

The library, the adjoining Mayfield Park and a portion of Wellesley Street adjacent to the building will be closed to the public during construction. The child care center will be relocated to a temporary facility on a vacant lot adjacent to the building.

Saturday, July 11, will be the last day of service at the College Terrace Library. After that date, items must be returned to one of the other four Palo Alto City Library branches. Requested items which are on hold at College Terrace Library will be transferred to the Mitchell Park Library on July 11. Additionally, the pick-up location of College Terrace for pending requests and newly placed requests will be changed to Mitchell Park Library. Individuals may select another default pick-up location by changing that setting in their library records.

Designed by renowned architect Charles K. Sumner and opened in1936, the building is due for a significant renovation. College Terrace Library is classified as a Category 2 historical structure in the City’s historical building inventory. The new design, by the KPA Group, has been approved by the City’s Historic Resources Board to ensure compliance with standards for renovating historic structures.

For additional information, see the Library web site at or contact Cornelia van Aken at 650-329-2668.