Help us create a new community library in El Cerrito

El Cerrito Library
El Cerrito Library © 2012 Amy Rogers

We want to ensure the children, teens, and adults of our community receive the books, programs, and online services that a modern library can provide. Our new library will be an exemplary learning environment and a safe and secure place to grow, develop skills, and interact with friends and neighbors.

The updated 2014 library Needs Assessment Report (PDF) recommends we:

TRIPLE THE LIBRARY’S SIZE
including an enhanced space for children’s books and a reading area to accommodate programs, individual reading, and computer use by children.

INCREASE OUR COLLECTION FROM 37,000 TO 60,300 TITLES
with much of the collection on mid-height shelving for better access, display and browsing.

EXPAND SEATING TO 190
with several open seating areas and group study-tutoring-collaboration rooms.

EXPAND FROM 8 TO 66 COMPUTERS
Some will be laptops that can be checked out for use in the library and others will be desktop units.

ADD A LEARNING LAB
that can be used for computer-based workshops and informal group projects.

ADD A COMMUNITY ROOM
an acoustically separate community room that seats 125 and that includes up-to-date audio-visual equipment and a kitchen. This room will be available to local groups for lectures and educational programs.

Our goal is to raise at least $2,500,000 by the end of 2017. Please see How to Donate for a breakdown on these funds.