While the building has received small remodels over the years, it needs a total renovation to bring it up to current codes and standards and to provide needed spaces to accommodate needs of its users. The building lacks any community or group study spaces, resulting in limited programming and the inability for groups to work together on projects without disturbing other users. The existing lighting system provides insufficient illumination for a library – a recent building analysis determined that the luminous ceiling has significantly degraded and transmits only 8%-11% of the light through the panels. Poor lighting is a source of many complaints. The building is heated by hot water from a boiler in the Cultural Center, and there is no air-conditioning. Find out more about the Main Library building in the Historic Structure Report.
Features of the proposed design for the renovation:
- Total renovation to bring building up to current codes and standards.
- New wing off of south entrance with meeting room seating 100 and additional restrooms
- 4 small group study rooms off the ends of the reading room
- Dedicated room for teens
- Upgraded lighting
- Upgraded electrical systems to support use of technology
- New mechanical systems, including radiant heating and cooling system in the floor
- New carpet and paint
Tree Removals Required:
A total of 26 trees will be removed during the Main Library Expansion and Renovation Project. Additionally, 4 existing trees were relocated within the site. During the project 31 new trees will be planted along with new landscape and site improvements. Currently, there are approximately 175 trees within the proposed project area around the Main Library. The entire property that includes the Art Center and community garden area has over 400 trees.
Some trees on the site were removed due to poor health or due to conflicts with other neighboring trees that will remain. Significant removals for safety reasons include 2 stone pine trees (#52 and #54) near the community garden area. These 2 trees and 3 others (#149, #162, and #164) were recommended for removal ASAP regardless of a project. Tree #172 was removed because it conflicted with the proposed geothermal wells and piping.
Other trees were removed to accommodate the project site improvements. The Tree Preservation and Removal Plan shows the trees to remain and the trees that will be affected by the project. The Tree Mitigation Chart lists the reasons for removal of each tree.
Prior to removal, a notice was posted on the tree for at least 14 days. The tree removals were also discussed at the following public meetings and hearings:
If you have questions or concerns about the tree removals at Main Library, please contact Young Tran at 650-329-2160.
Main Library Design Renderings (updated 4/13)