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


PRESS RELEASE 04/25/2011
Subject :

Community Meeting May 5 on Main Library Bond Project
Contact : Ned Himmel, Interim Library Director    650-329-2403
Palo Alto, CA – The City will host a community meeting on Thursday, May 5, 2011 from 6-9 p.m., to discuss plans for the upcoming expansion and renovation of the Main Library.

Topics for discussion at the May 5 meeting will include:

  • Site and floor plans for the expanded and renovated Main Library
  • Library service for customers residing in the Main Library neighborhood when the Main Library closes for construction
  • Updates on Downtown Library and Mitchell Park Library & Community Center construction

The two-part meeting will begin at 6 p.m., at the Community Garden behind the Main Library located at 1213 Newell Road. Members of the public may attend an informal walk-through of the site and learn about newly proposed concepts designed to improve traffic flow and provide continuity between the Art Center and the Main Library. At 7 p.m., the meeting will begin at the Lucie Stern Fireside Room, 1305 Middlefield Road. Architects and staff from the City's Public Works, Library, and Community Services departments will be present at both locations to answer questions and address concerns.

Measure N, which was passed by 69.4% of Palo Alto’s voters in November 2008, will fund the expansion and renovation of Main Library. Group 4 Architecture of South San Francisco has been hired to complete the design and construction drawings for the facility. Group 4 also developed the design and plans for the renovated Downtown Library and the new Mitchell Park Library and Community Center, both of which are now under construction. The Downtown Library will reopen in July 2011. A temporary library at the Cubberley Community Center has opened to provide service while the Mitchell Park Library & Community Center is under construction. The construction at Main Library will begin after the new Mitchell Park Library opens in 2012.

For more information, please contact Ned Himmel at 650-329-2403.