Proposition G: South Branch Library

The issuance of $49,545,000 of bonds for a new South Branch Library, and levying a tax in payment thereof.  An estimated $969,000 of the bond amount will be for Public Art. 

Proposition G allocates funding for of designing, acquiring, constructing, improving, equipping and landscaping a new South Branch Library, including acquiring land, easements, rights-of-way, and other real property interests.

South Branch Library

The 28-year-old South Branch Library is the most visited library branch and has the highest material check-outs per hour of operation, despite being the smallest branch in the City’s library system.  The library, built in 1995 as a 10,000 sq. ft. building and expanded in 2009 to 21,454 sq. ft., was identified in the Library Master Facilities Plan as an opportunity to address library service needs in an area that, since its construction, has seen significant population growth and development.  Bond funding would be used to relocate the library and build a new 40,000 sq. ft. facility on City-owned land approximately one mile south/southwest of the current branch location, addressing access challenges and space constraints that limit library material collections, services, and operations.

Exterior of current South Branch Library

Exterior of current South Branch Library

South Branch Library

Proposed Project

  • Relocate and build a new 40,000 sq. ft. regional library facility with expanded core library services to children, teens, and adults 
  • Create multi-purpose community meeting rooms, conference and collaboration rooms, study rooms, and seating areas for readers 
  • Expand capacity for library material collections
  • Introduce a Makerspace for education, discovery, and creativity using technology and specialized equipment 
  • Provide a drive-up service window and book return
  • Include adequate workspace for staff and volunteers and storage for library operational supplies
  • Incorporate a dedicated outdoor space for library classes and events in a natural setting that connects to planned green-space and trails and supports collaborative Parks and Library events and activities

Photos: Two teens at a study table inside South Branch Library and people at wreath making class for adults at South Branch Library

Two teens at a study tablePeople at wreath making class for adults

The potential projects detailed represent the program the City Council intends to undertake to accomplish the intent of the approved bond propositions; however, projects may change.  In that event, the Council may direct proceeds be expended for other projects within the voter-authorized purposes of each proposition. 

Note: Bond issuance schedules and estimates are dependent upon a variety of factors and subject to change.