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Measure B for a Safe, Modern Library for El Cerrito
For information about the El Cerrito Library such as hours, events and collection details, please go to the 
El Cerrito Library website.

Measure B on the November 2016 Ballot
photo of El Cerrito library
On Tuesday, July 19, the City Council unanimously approved placing a library funding measure on the November 2016 ballot to provide a safe, modern El Cerrito Library. 

El Cerrito voters will be asked the following question:
To replace the 67 year old El Cerrito Library with a safe, energy efficient, 21st century library that meets earthquake and fire codes with space for a children's area for story times/books; public access computers/computer learning center; up-to-date book/resource collections; and improved senior/disabled access, shall El Cerrito issue $30,000,000 in bonds at legal rates for 33 years, as the Voter Guide describes, requiring independent citizen oversight, and all funds for El Cerrito Library?   YES  or  NO

Read the Measure B Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 

Measure B will be on the Tuesday, November 8 general election ballot.

Library Needs and Priorities

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.

If adopted by voters, Measure B will provide locally-controlled funds to build a functional, modern, 21st century library that is up to earthquake and fire codes, with a computer learning center, more space for children’s story times and other programs, after-school programs for youth and teens, increased senior and disabled access, group study/community meeting areas, and more public access computers. The measure includes tough fiscal accountability provisions such as mandatory audits, annual review by the Financial Advisory Board, and reports for public review to ensure that the funds are spent as promised. 

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

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

Links and Background Information

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

Library Site Feasibility Study: 

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

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

Questions about Voting in the Election?
If you have questions about city candidates or election statistics, please contact Cheryl Morse, El Cerrito City Clerk.

If you have questions about voter registration or voting on Election Day, contact the County Elections Division at (925) 335-7800, or visit their website at