The original Turlock Library was built in 1968, for an anticipated population of 30,000. However, it is outdated and undersized, without the ability to provide modern service needs to the city’s current population of 72,000. The facility had no dedicated meeting rooms or space for library programmings, such as children’s story times and informational presentations for consumers.
The project included a complete renovation of the current library and an expansion, which increased the size of the library from 10,000 square feet to 16,530 square feet.
The new library includes a community room for library programs and public meetings, an expanded children’s library with adjacent children’s garden, an improved teen area, space for Turlock Friends of the Library, a maker’s space, and a quiet reading room. Study rooms, a flexible programming space, and an enclosed courtyard will provide additional uses for the new facility.