February 17, 2018

Five More California Libraries Win Funding for Construction

By LJ Staff

Five California libraries received construction funds from the final round of 2002 funding from Proposition 14, approved by voters in March 2000. Almost $150 million was awarded in early December and an additional $20 million was awarded the end of the month. The California Public Library Construction and Renovation Board will award a total of $350 million pool to be distributed through 2004. Cities that didn’t win grants can reapply for the $110 million to be distributed in 2003.

Three libraries in San Diego County will benefit. The Logan Heights Branch Library of the San Diego Public Library (SDPL) will receive approximately $5.4 million for a new facility. The 1927 building will be replaced with a 25,000 square foot library branch on the grounds of an elementary school by 2005. The Julian Branch Library of SDPL will receive close to $2.5 million to replace an 1888, converted one-room schoolhouse, last renovated in 1971. The city of Lemon Grove will get $3.8 million towards a library. The 15,000 square foot facility will replace one about half the size, located at a shopping center. The City of San Leandro will get $3.8 toward a new 9500 square foot facility, replacing a nonrenovated, 2100 square foot, 50-year-old building. The Visalia Library, part of the Tulare County Free Library system, will receive approximately $3.4 million for the remodeling and expansion of the current facility. It consists of two buildings, constructed in 1936 and 1976.