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2013 Library Needs Assessment
In 2006, the City completed a Needs Assessment and a Building Program for a new library, in anticipation of applying for a State construction bond grant. But California voters did not pass the bond measure that would have funded the grant. In the years since 2006, the City has sought to fund the library from other sources, but due to economic conditions, the loss of the Redevelopment Agency, and limited availability of grant funding, progress has been slow.

In 2013, the City Council adopted a Strategic Plan for El Cerrito's future. The plan directs the City to “Develop and rehabilitate public facilities as community focal points.” Based on community input, the City Council has chosen to make the Library facility a priority. This means identifying residents’ wishes for the facility, developing a plan based on those ideas, and identifying possible funding options. The City is currently working on an updated Needs Assessment informed by the 2006 Needs Assessment along with current information about industry standards, community demographics and desires of the community.

If you have questions, comments, or suggestions regarding the Library Needs Assessment or a new Library for El Cerrito, please contact Karen Pinkos, Assistant City Manager, at (510) 215-4302 or .

Community Workshop

The City of El Cerrito held a community workshop on Thursday, October 24, 2013  at El Cerrito City Hall.  The meeting was a follow-up to the Library Town Hall meeting held by the Contra Costa Library on September 9.  Kathy Page, library facility planner, gave a presentation on current library service and design trends and facilitated a discussion on what community members would like to see in a new Library building. Many thanks to all who came and gave their input and ideas!

Click here to view the slides from the presentation on Library Services and Design Trends  by Kathy Page.