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New Imperial Beach Library Takes First Steps

if funding is located to pay for construction, a new library could be almost three times bigger than the current library and incorporate an existing community center.

Imperial Beach's current library is inadequate, said County Supervisor Greg Cox during a Jan. 23 City Council meeting.

"In Imperial Beach you have a library that is about 5,000 square feet. It's way undersized for a community the size of Imperial Beach. With 25-30,000 people you'd expect to see a library of anywhere between 10-15,000 square feet," he said.

To explore the possibility of finding $6-8 million from private and philanthropic organizations for a new 14,000 square foot library, a feasibility study was unanimously approved by the IB City Council Wednesday.

"We think that there may be some opportunities for people that may be looking into naming opportunities of some type in different segments of the library," Cox said.

Conceptual drawings of the library show a giant surfboard spans between street and Veterans Park entrances.

The new library may have a surf or ocean theme and would be built on current parking spaces behind the library and would combine the existing library and Marina Vista Community Center.

Among possible features in the new library are a larger space to use computers, a Poet's Patio, community room and designated space for children, teens, tweens and adults. There may also be more staff office space and a book store.

See a copy of the conceptual floor plan attached here in PDF form.

The county has already set aside $1 million for the project, Cox said.

If the study conducted by a contractor and paid for by the county finds that private funds may be available to pay for the new library, meetings will be held with the public and a committee that has been formed to review the study may continue on to help raise money.

Supervisor Cox identified a new library as a priority of his term in office after being reelected last fall.

"I want to get this done in the next four years and that's what I intend to do with your help," he told the Imperial Beach City Council.

The San Diego County Library was named the best library system in the nation last year by the Gale/Library Journal.

Libi Uremovic January 26, 2013 at 02:25 PM
everyone needs to understand that they are only talking about the building.....they're not talking about funding the inside of the library... pg 315 on the county budget shows the following cuts in branch operations - which would include the ib library 2011/12 actuals 2012/13 2013/14 staff - 280.5 270.00 266.00 operations -$32,781,801 $33,415,948 $33,720,976 if the county has $ 1 million right now to put into the ib library - where would it be best utilized ...is the 'problem' with the library actually physical and structural...or would the money be better utilized on the inside.. is the need more computers, or more space...because there's a room on the north east end of the property that's i was told is kept locked up and rarely used...if more computer or study space is needed maybe that room can be converted... we've got to start making some wise choices as a community, state, and country... i've been to the property and it didn't appear old or worn down to me...the neglect i noticed was on the inside of the buildings, not the outside.... but i don't have kids or use the services, so i'm asking the people that use it - what is the actual problem and where would the money be best spent..?
Libi Uremovic January 26, 2013 at 02:37 PM
'...Mark...Maryanne T - do yourself a favor and do like the rest of us, ignore Libi. You will feel better....' and there you have the official word from the city...except he left out 'drunk heavily and pop pills'... ignore libi...ignore the economy... ignore 9th & palm...ignore the lighting scam on seacoast.... ...ignore the fact that the plans eliminate the senior center and has no parking ....ignore the loss of the library for however long it takes them to demolish the building and rebuild it.... ...and ignore that there is no funding for the inside... don't look...don't think....just ignore it ....and see how it works out for you.... personally - i don't care what the people do ...the results will not effect me....but don't cry your crocodile tears...and no blaming 'the liberals' or the 'far-right'... fool me once...fool me twice....fool me $16 trillion times ...
Libi Uremovic January 26, 2013 at 04:10 PM
i drove by the library..it is small...but it does have a parking lot in the back that will be eliminated ... the state might be willing to release the 9th/palm property to the county if the county can show that they actually have the funding for a new library and this isn't just another construction scam... putting up a new library on the 9th/palm property would save time & money by not tearing down the buildings at veterans' park... 9th/palm is large enough to provide plenty of parking, it's more centrally located than the current spot, and no one would be displaced... someone told me there's another empty lot a block from the post office that the city took over and tore down the building, but the lot sits empty... maybe they can use that lot... there's a dozen empty lots in this town ... tearing down another building is not needed... we've got to pay for this...don't just buy whatever they're selling....because your government officials are only selling you what's been sold to them...
someonewhowasconsideringmovingtoimperialbeach January 30, 2013 at 01:01 AM
Have you council rockheads forgotten there is a rising rancid creek polluting your city? Are you going to be like Bush and sit there and read a book while the towers go down? You people need to sort your priorities before a civil suit hits. You have an environmental disaster to deal with. #1. And as far as a library, let's hope the creek doesn't flood it out.
Crisantus Vincent De Guzman March 23, 2014 at 08:17 PM
Sounds like Libi hasn't had a man touch her vahj in years.

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