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


PRESS RELEASE 10/08/2010
Subject :

Renovated College Terrace Library Re-opens November 2010
Contact : Diane Jennings    650-329-2516

Palo Alto, CA – The Palo Alto City Library has announced that the newly renovated College Terrace Library will reopen for service on Tuesday, November 9, 2010. Beginning that day, the Library will be open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Prior to the re-opening, the community is invited to attend a 2-hour celebration to be held at

  • College Terrace Library, 2300 Wellesley St.
  • Saturday, November 6, 2010, 2-4 p.m.

Originally designed by renowned architect Charles K. Sumner in 1936, the College Terrace Library is a historically significant building. The renovation, which began in July 2009, was designed by the KPA Group to be sensitive to the preservation of the historic building while allowing the needs of contemporary customers to be served.

The City-funded Capital Improvement Project upgraded the mechanical, electrical and seismic systems and made improvements to building accessibility. The building now has air conditioning, a new roof, improved lighting, and new paint and carpet. In addition, thanks in part to support by the Friends of Palo Alto Library, some new interior furnishings and collection items are forthcoming and expected to arrive soon. As part of this project, the surrounding Mayfield Park has been re-landscaped using plants compatible with the building in character and proportion.

“We are so excited to announce the reopening of College Terrace Library,” said Diane Jennings, Library Director. “The renovated building is a jewel. The project team and construction crew did a marvelous job preserving its historic character while bringing it into the 21st century. Staff, Friends of Palo Alto Library, the Palo Alto Library Foundation, and the College Terrace Neighborhood Association have worked together to plan a wonderful reopening event. We hope the community will join us November 6 to celebrate the successful completion of this project.”

For more information on this and other library building projects, see the Library website at