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


PRESS RELEASE 03/25/2010
Subject :

Palo Alto City Library Downtown Branch to Close for Renovation
Contact : Diane Jennings, Library Director    650-329-2403
Palo Alto, CA – Downtown Library will close for major renovation on Saturday, April 24 at 6 p.m. The upgrade of Downtown Library will be the first of three major facility improvements funded with proceeds of the $76 million bond measure (Measure N) passed by Palo Alto voters in November 2008. Construction of a new Mitchell Park and Community Center will begin later this summer. After this new facility opens in 2012, an expansion and renovation of Main Library will begin.

The public is invited to attend a celebration marking the start of renovation of Downtown Library. The event will be held:

Friday, April 23, 2010
Noon - 1 PM
Downtown Library, 270 Forest Avenue

The Downtown Library, built in 1971, will be upgraded with better lighting, improved accessibility, and new mechanical systems. While the library will not be expanded, the permanent relocation of some staff to other library locations will open up part of the building for use by the public. The renovation will create a new multipurpose room designed to accommodate programs or meetings and to double as a reading and study area when not programmed. A small dedicated children’s room and a group study room will be created.

The Library will be closed for construction for approximately one year. The book drops will be open for returns until 6 p.m. on April 24 and then closed through the duration of the renovation. Library materials can be returned to any other open Palo Alto Library branch.

For more information on the closure of Downtown Library and upcoming library projects, visit, and click on "Library Facility Projects."