Why do we need new Library facilities?February 8, 2019
If you have visited newer libraries recently, you know that Pacifica’s libraries do not provide up-to-date facilities and the small buildings limit programs and services. The average library size for cities with similar populations in San Mateo County range from .7 - .9 square feet (s.f.) per person (population). Pacifica has approximately 38,551 residents and would therefore need library facilities sized between 28,900 s.f. – 37,190 s.f. Currently, our libraries total 10,524 s.f. – that’s only .3 s.f. per person.
The Sharp Park Library was built in 1964 and, although compliant at the time the building was constructed, does not meet current code requirements related to sustainability, fire, and seismic safety. Current accessibility standards are also not met. It is important that our community library is safe and able to be used by individuals of all abilities including seniors.
The Sanchez Library was built in 1981 and is structurally safe but needs accessibility and systems upgrades.