Escondido's City Council supports the need to improve the Library and add a new state-of-the-art wing. A study is under way this summer to come up with a concept for the building's design inside and out.

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View the City Council briefing 

03/05/2014

 

This is the briefing on the Library Expansion Project (PDF file, 7 MB), as presented to the Escondido City Council on October 16, 2013 by Group 4 Architecture, Research + Planning, Inc. The presentation includes an overview of the project, which was developed with community input and includes general design ideas and features for an expanded downtown Library. Since this is a conceptual design, more detailed design development is the possible next step, dependent on next-level funding and community support. (Click on one of the images in this blog post to view the briefing.)

Conceptual Design Presented to City Council 

11/19/2013

October 16th was a big day for us. Library staff and David Schnee of Group 4 Architects provided City Council with a report and presentation of the Library's Conceptual Design process and resulting interior and exterior design elements for an expansion project.

David Schnee’s presentation was wonderfully descriptive of the process as well as the community input and design elements and function of the proposed Library facility. Many Library supporters attended the Council meeting to show support for the Conceptual Design. Escondido Library Foundation and Library Task Force members Jerrie Quon and Jim Rady spoke before the Council, substantiating the need and justifications for a new Library

The Mayor and City Council members were pleased with the design and stated they are eager to move forward with the next phase. Funding is the big issue and City Council did not wish to enter the design development phase using monies from the City's reserve funds. Those funds have been set aside for emergency use. Instead, and in support of the project, they directed City staff to find other avenues in the City's budget to move into design development. City Council suggested initiating fundraising activities and considering a bond measure for the construction of the expanded Library. This is truly encouraging support from the entire Council!

The quest to build a 21st Century Library facility for Escondido’s growing community has been a long journey and there’s a lot more to navigate. But we’ve come this far and we are also grateful to the members of the community, the Library Expansion Task Force and staff who took time to participate in the design meetings and provide input. Their feedback and ideas for the interior and exterior designs were invaluable.

Time is of the essence as 2014 approaches and November 2016 is not all that far away if plans are to move ahead for a bond measure. It will take most, if not all, of the next two years to get through the design development phase and funding must be obtained for all of this. The Library Foundation Board is assuming a large role in seeking major donors and looking for fundraising opportunities. Together with the Library Foundation, the Library’s support groups and community members have the opportunity to play an important role in reaching the goal of funding a new Library.

- Cynthia Smith, Deputy City Librarian

 

Library Expansion Update 

09/13/2013

We are in the final stages of creating a conceptual design to expand the Main Library and reorganize the existing building to become Escondido’s future “new” library. We’ve been working on this project throughout the spring and summer, receiving input from the community and City staff to develop a general interior footprint and exterior.

Right now we are on target to present design options to City Council on Wednesday, October 16 at 4:30 PM.  We hope you will save this date and attend the meeting. It’s an exciting opportunity for library stakeholders to see the possibilities for the interior and exterior of the new wing and learn first-hand how the current building can be utilized in the future.

City Council will consider next steps as they relate to moving forward and determining the Library’s future facility. They will consider accepting the design ideas and/or asking for more detailed plans. Two of their most important considerations will be how to fund an actual building project and when it could be built.

Director of Library and Community Services Loretta McKinney, Principal Librarian Emiko Kauz and I, along with Assistant City Manager Charlie Grimm and Jack Anderson, President of the Escondido Library Foundation are on the Conceptual Design Team working with consultants from Group 4 Architects, Research + Planning, Inc. We’ve been involved in planning meetings with the Community, working with a Task Force of citizens, as well as City and Library staff to receive input on interior and exterior preferences and service priorities. It’s been very interesting and exciting to hear how people use the Library today and visualize its role in our Community’s future.

All the input received has been taken into consideration and you will be able to see that when our consultants from Group 4 Architects, Research + Planning, Inc. present the conceptual plan.

- Cynthia Smith, Deputy City Librarian

Attend Share Your Vision Community Meetings 

07/03/2013

Escondido, CA - The Escondido Public Library invites the public to learn more and to provide input about the development of a new dynamic Library by attending Share Your Vision Community Meetings on July 23 and July 24, 2013 at two locations. Hear what the community has been saying about the Library’s vision and values and learn about the emerging design concepts for an expanded library facility. Community feedback on conceptual design options for a new wing for the existing Library is important and attendance at the meetings is encouraged.

The meetings will take place on:

Tuesday, July 23 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM Escondido Public Library (Turrentine Room) 239 South Kalmia Street Escondido, CA  92025

Wednesday, July 24 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM Escondido Police & Fire Headquarters (Community Meeting Room) 1163 North Centre City Parkway Escondido, CA 92016

Share Your Vision Community Meetings are free and open to the public and the agenda will be the same for both meetings. -  more  -  Escondido Public Library has been a vital part of the community’s educational, cultural, and economic development for more than a century. The current library building, located downtown, can no longer accommodate the materials, services, and technology to support the community’s 21st century needs. Studies over the past five years have confirmed the need for an expanded library and City Council approved the initiation of the conceptual design study to reorganize the current building and add a new state-of-the-art wing. Broad-based community input and ideas are essential to making the project a success.

This is the second and final round of community meetings to provide a project update and forum for community input. A conceptual design plan will be presented to City Council in the fall.

The Escondido Library Foundation has been actively involved in addressing the need for an expanded Library. Jack Anderson, Foundation President and member of the steering team for the Library’s expansion, is looking forward to receiving ideas from the public. He said, “We encourage your participation in this important community process. The Library is an integral part of our community life, and the design process will bring about a specific plan that will improve and strengthen the Library’s capacity and user-friendly capabilities.”

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. Learn more about the Library expansion project at http://library.escondido.org/expansion or contact Cynthia Smith, Deputy City Librarian at 760-839-4329.

Management Steering Team & Task Force 

05/24/2013

Management Steering Team

Jack Anderson
President, Escondido Library Foundation

Jill Eyres
LEED Architect and Associate at Group 4 Architecture, Research + Planning, Inc.

Charles Grimm
Assistant City Manager, City of Escondido

Emiko Kauz
Principal Librarian, City of Escondido

Loretta McKinney
Director of Library and Community Services, City of Escondido

David Schnee
AIA, AICP LEED Principal Partner at Group 4 Architecture, Research + Planning, Inc.

Cynthia Smith
Deputy City Librarian, City of Escondido

 

Community Task Force

Yvonne Brett

Elmer Cameron

Matthew Chase

Cameron Curry

Dick Daniels


Kathy Eisler

Javier Guerrero

Virginia Lopez


Yesenia Martinez

Brian Murphy

Dr. Karen Rizzi

Jerrie Quon


Jim Rady

Mel Takahara


Jennifer Walters

Bob Will

Frequently Asked Questions 

04/30/2013

1. Has the City of Escondido made a real commitment to build a new Library?
The Library Expansion Project is the City’s current effort to upgrade and expand the Main Library located downtown and demonstrates the City Council’s acknowledgment of the need for a 21st century Library. There is a high demand within the Escondido community for a facility that can provide access to print and media collections; space for all ages to read, study, and conduct research; meet and collaborate; attend informational and cultural programs, and use technology.

2. What is the funding for this project? Is money dedicated to build a new Library?
City Council has prioritized expanding the downtown library by authorizing seed money ($200,000 in capital funds) to create a conceptual design. The Council also earmarked $3M in capital funds for construction of a proposed project that could cost $25-$30M. Beyond the $3M, the rest of the funding has not been secured at this time. Once the conceptual design (AKA conceptual plan) is created and accepted, the next step is design development where accurate costs to build and furnish the new Library will be identified. The design development phase will provide information for future fundraising efforts to be planned and implemented.

3. Why do we need a conceptual design?
A conceptual design of the Library is based on direct input from the community regarding the basic design features, space needs, and area allocations. In other words, the conceptual design process gives the community the opportunity to tell the architect consultants and Library administration what programs, services, technology, and collections are important for a new library facility.

4. We’ve been hearing about a new library building for a long time. Didn’t the City commit to a big, new library a long time ago?
Library supporters and the City Council have been trying for a long time (since 2001) to have a new library built. However, the plans to build a building were stalled by lack of funding. The City made several attempts to seek grants to help with the costs, but the grant applications were not successful. The recent economic downturn halted the City’s ability to move forward with the new facility plans. In the meantime, a new study was done to consider the changes in library services over the years, especially the impact of technology. A phased approach was adopted with a plan to reorganize the current building and add a new state-of-the- art wing (approximately a 30,000 square foot facility).

5. Where will the new wing be? Will it be connected to the current Library?
The plan proposes to build a new wing connected to the current library building. The wing would be located at the corner of 2nd Avenue and Broadway, facing downtown.

Part of the conceptual design plan requires impact studies related to the existing site bounded by 2nd and 3rd Avenue and Kalmia and Broadway Streets. The impact studies consider environment, traffic flow, parking, and existing buildings. It’s possible that some buildings will need to be moved or removed and the study will help determine their outcome.

6. How can I be sure the new Library will meet my needs?
We recognize that a broad-based community support is needed for a successful project. There are several approaches to assure you have input into the new Library’s design and space allocations.

A Task Force of library stakeholders/supporters has been formed to represent community interests. They will provide input to the Project Steering Team. In addition, individuals can learn about the project and provide direct input by attending Community Meetings that will be held at the Library and at Oak Hill School on April 30 and May 1st. The purpose of the Community Meetings is to obtain specific input regarding the new Library from Escondido citizens. Community members can also participate in a survey that will be posted on the Library website (http://library.escondido.org) and also in print version at the Library (available in English and Spanish). The survey will also be available at Library outreach events, such as the Escondido Street Faire on May 19th.

7. It seems confusing that the City would focus on expanding the downtown library rather than restoring library services on the East side of town or expanding services in other neighborhoods.  Why is the focus on the Main Library downtown when there are other needs?
The goal to have a strong, central (downtown) library that also serves as a technology center has been supported for many years. The downtown library has been impacted for many years with limitations on space and capabilities as the community has grown and demographics have changed. In addition, library services are changing with the times, and as the community becomes more mobile and connected through technology, a full-service central library can be planned to meet the public’s needs with a greater expanse of services in an improved facility. The expansion of the downtown library is a cost effective approach to serve the population.  A well informed, educated and cultured community results in an economically successful and progressive city!

Share your vision of the Escondido Public Library's Future 

04/15/2013

The Escondido Public Library invites the community to help develop a dynamic new vision for the Library’s future by attending public meetings on April 27, 30, and May 1.

Escondido Public Library has been a vital part of the community’s educational, cultural, and economic development for more than a century. The current library building, located downtown, can no longer accommodate the materials, services, and technology to support the community’s 21st century needs. Studies over the past five years have confirmed the need for an expanded library and City Council recently approved the initiation of a conceptual design study to reorganize the current building and add a new state-of-the-art wing.

Broad-based community input and ideas will be essential to making the project a success. Community members are invited to participate in any or all of the following opportunities to learn about the library conceptual design project and provide input. Community Meetings will be held on the following dates:

  • Saturday, April 27
    At the Escondido Public Library’s booth at the Día de los Niños festival in Grape Day Park, 321 North Broadway in Escondido, from 11:00 A.M to 4:00 P.M.
         
  • Tuesday, April 30
    At a public meeting at the Escondido Public Library (Turrentine Room), 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido, from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.
          
  • Wednesday, May 1
    At a public meeting at Oak Hill School (Multipurpose Room), 1820 Oak Hill Drive in Escondido, from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. This meeting’s agenda will be the same as the      April 30 public meeting. Community members are welcome to attend both meetings.

The Escondido Library Foundation has been actively involved in addressing the need for an expanded Library. Jack Anderson, Foundation President and member of the steering team for the Library’s expansion, is looking forward to receiving ideas from the public. He said, “We encourage your participation in this important community process. The Library is an integral part of our community life, and the design process will bring about a specific plan that will improve and strengthen the Library’s capacity and user-friendly capabilities.”

As part of the process, plans to seek input also include a survey that will be available on the Escondido Public Library’s website. Updates and additional events on the conceptual design for an expanded Library will be posted on the Escondido Public Library’s website as the project progresses.

The Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia Street in downtown Escondido. For more information on this event, contact 760-839-4601.