Atherton Library Moves to Temporary Space in Preparation for New Library


Media Contacts:
Katie Woods, Communications Manager
San Mateo County Libraries
(650) 556-5209

Therese DellaSanta
Town of Atherton, City Clerk
(650) 752-0529

Atherton, CA – Exciting plans are underway for the much-anticipated new Atherton Library Project. On August 17, Atherton Town Council, opens a new window approved city staff to move forward with preparing a bid package to demolish and abate the current Atherton Library in November. In preparation of this work, the Library will close on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 5:00 PM and reopen in a new temporary space on Monday, October 22, 2018, at 10:00 AM.

Library staff will move out of the Library and into a 2,880 sq. ft. modular building that sits on the current site. All checked out materials due during the closure will be automatically extended.

The temporary Atherton Library will offer public access computers, bestselling fiction and non-fiction, DVDs, a small children’s collection, and patron reserves. It will also feature a small outdoor reading area, WiFi, photocopier, printer, self-checkout, and 3D printing services. Library programming and events will take place at schools, Holbrook-Palmer Park and other venues in Town.

The Atherton Library Project is a collaborative effort between San Mateo County Libraries and the Town of Atherton, opens a new window. Patrons can expect the new Library to include flexible, blended, multi-use spaces which can be readily adapted. Plans include a dedicated quiet reading area, expanded children’s area, multiple meeting rooms, a makerspace and much more.

The town of Atherton will be requesting new Library bids this winter and the project will be awarded in the Spring of 2019. The new Library grand opening projected date is estimated for 2021.

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