El Cerrito's Library Needs

For information about the El Cerrito Library such as hours, events and collection details, please go to the 

El Cerrito Library website


Status of Measure B

On the November 2016 ballot, El Cerrito Voters were asked to consider the El Cerrito City Council placed the Safe, Modern El Cerrito Library Project Bond Measure (Measure B) which would approve issuance of $30 million in general obligation bonds by the City to fund the construction of a safe, modern El Cerrito library.

Although 62.96% of voters supported the bond measure, it did not get the two-thirds needed to pass. Therefore, the City will not issue bonds for the construction of a new library at this time.
The City will continue to work with the community to find a way to address the need to replace the 67 year old El Cerrito Library with a safe, energy efficient, 21st century library.

The Contra Costa County Elections Department has posted the full results of the November 8, 2016 Presidential General Election on their website

Library Needs and Priorities

photo of El Cerrito library
Built in 1948, the El Cerrito Library is 67 years old and does not currently meet earthquake safety standards, or the educational and technological needs of today’s El Cerrito residents. Since 2006, Library visits have increased 26% and circulation is up nearly 28%. 

The City of El Cerrito has been soliciting feedback from residents about their priorities for Library services that meet the community’s educational and informational needs for years, including completing a updated Library Space Needs Assessment in 2014.

On March 1, 2016, the City Council discussed possible locations including the size, cost and possible sites for a larger, safe, modern library that would meet the community's needs. Read the Agenda bill or watch the video.

On July 19, 2016 the City Council placed the measure on the ballot for voters to consider. Read the Agenda bill or watch the video.


Important Documents About Measure B (included in the Official Voter Guide)

City Attorney Impartial Analysis 

Tax Rate Statement

Argument in Favor of Measure B

Argument Against Measure B  

Rebuttal Arguments

Survey Findings and FAQ:

Frequently Asked Questions (printable PDF format) - updated 10/12/16

Godbe Survey Findings (PDF) summary of the July 2016 survey indicating support for a revenue measure for a safe, modern library.


Library Site Feasibility Study:


Staff Report and Presentation of Results Presented to City Council March 2016

Construction Cost Estimate Report from City's consultants Group4 and Swinerton

Election Notices:

Notice of Ballot Measure Election 

Resolution 2016-62 (PDF) determining that the public interest and necessity demand the land acquisition (or lease) and construction design, furnishing, equipping, and supplying of a safe, modern library project with financing through the issuance of general obligation bonds

Ordinance 2016-03 (PDF) ordering the submission of a general obligation bond proposition to the qualified voters of the City of El Cerrito at the general municipal election to be held on November 8, 2016, for the purpose of the land acquisition (or lease), design, construction, furnishing, equipping, and supplying of a safe, modern library project

If you would like to find out more about El Cerrito Library needs, please  contact Karen Pinkos, Assistant City Manager at 510-215-4302.