The pause button on the Northside Branch Library has been turned off, and it is now full speed ahead on final construction of the much-anticipated new facility in the Rivermark neighborhood. It is expected to open this summer.
The project was put on hold for eight months while the City negotiated with the State and County about the dissolution of the City’s Redevelopment Agency, the primary funding source of the new branch. At its March 25 meeting, the City Council voted to use $5 million of City funds to finish the construction rather than continue to contest the use of Redevelopment monies and delay the opening of the branch any longer.
The 17,000-square-foot library is located on the corner of Rivermark Parkway and Moreland Way, close to Don Callejon School. It features a community room with 125 capacity, group study rooms, 40 public computers, a computer training room and special areas for children and teens. It will open with a starting collection of about 54,000 books, periodicals, CDs and DVDs, and a small bookstore operated by the Friends of the Library, with proceeds dedicated to additional library enhancements.
Information on the opening date and hours of operation will be posted on the City’s website in the next few weeks.