The Palo Alto City Library will reopen the newly renovated College Terrace Library located at 2300 Wellesley Street, Palo Alto, on November 9. The College Terrace Library will be open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Library will also hold a special 2-hour opening celebration for the community on November 6, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Renovation began on the College Terrace Library in July, 2009. The building was originally designed in 1936 by architect Charles K. Sumner. KPA Group designed the new library design in a way that preserved the historic location while still meeting the current needs of library customers.
The City of Palo Alto funded the library renovation project and updated the library’s mechanical, electrical and seismic systems. They also improved the access to the Library. Other improvements to the building include air conditioning, a new roof, better lighting, new paint and carpet. The Friends of Palo Alto Library will supply some new interior furnishings and collection items in the near future. Mayfield Park, which surrounds the Library, has been re-landscaped with plants that compliment the new library’s design.
Library Director, Diane Jennings, said that the new building is “a jewel.” She added that all of those involved in its renovation, from the construction crew to the Palo Alto Library Foundation, did a “marvelous job” preserving the library’s “historic character while bringing it into the 21st century.”
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