Friday, October 7, 2011

Ebooks, Netflix, and Library Building Projects (Part 111, Belvedere-Tiburon Library)

Tiburon library expansion advances, but size remains undecided. (San Jose Mercury News, 10/6/2011)

ExcerptThe Tiburon Town Council voted unanimously Wednesday to certify an environmental report and approve zoning changes for a major public library expansion. But it stopped short of deciding on the size or design of the proposed 17,000-square-foot project.

The privately funded, $10 million project would create a library nearly two and-half times larger than the existing 10,500-square-foot building, which opened in 1997. Library officials have sought an expansion for several years amid greater-than-expected use of the building.

"We're no longer just a place for books," library director Deborah Mazzolini said Wednesday at the council meeting, describing overflow crowds, particularly in the children and teen areas.

More than 100 members of the public attended the council meeting in the Del Mar Middle School gym; about 25 people spoke, almost all in favor of the project

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