Let the construction begin!

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News Date: 
September 14, 2018
The Salinas Public Library has moved one step closer to building the new El Gabilan Library. A group of students from El Gabilan Elementary School joined Library staff, City officials, council members, and dignitaries in the groundbreaking ceremonies on Monday, September 10th.
"We're so excited to break ground on a new library for North Salinas," said Cary Ann Siegfried, Director of Library and Community Services. "Public libraries are the center of the community, and places where our residents can come together to engage and learn from one another. This is truly a new chapter for library services in Salinas."
At 21,000 square feet, the new library will be six times bigger than the one it replaces, which opened in 1967. Among other features, the Library will house:
  • A reading area, children's story time area, and teen area
  • Meeting rooms and classrooms
  • Study space
  • A digital studio and a makerspace
  • A community room with kitchenette and storage
  • An Internet café
  • A second floor reading deck
  • A backyard with exterior gardens, patios, and outdoor learning areas.
Community outreach about the new library started in 2016 and included surveys, public meetings, pop-up kiosks at local events, and focus groups. Anderson Brulé Architects of San Jose began the design in summer 2017.  Management and construction of the project are being handled by Griffin Structures and Swinerton Builders. The building should be finished in early 2020 at a cost of $21 million.
For questions about this project, please contact Eric Howard at (831) 758-7311.