Palo Altans have voted and the results are now clear! Better libraries are on the way!
69.36% voted YES ON N
Did you know?
Palo Alto ranks dead last out of the 10 local libraries rated in a survey by the city auditor.
The facilities are cramped and dilapidated with no room to expand the collection. They lack space for teen homework; toddler storytime; and quiet adult reading space. There are too few internet connections and meeting rooms.
In spite of the fact that they are cramped and outdated, Palo Alto libraries are well-used.
Our circulation is up 45% in the last 7 years. There are 2,300 visitors EVERY DAY to the libraries.
The 2008 bond plan is a good investment and the result of careful study and community consensus.
There are no frills, but once complete, it will modernize all branches for the next generation. It will rebuild Mitchell Park Library and Community Center, renovate and expand the Main Library and remodel, refurbish and upgrade the Downtown Library.
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Palo Alto's library buildings are among the worst and most outdated in the Bay Area and they need to be brought into the 21st Century to meet our community's needs.