For Immediate Release:
November 30, 2018
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$50 million bond to fund Library and Police facility upgrades
SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. –November 30, 2018– Campbell voters made an important investment in their future on November 6, with the passage of Measure O, the Campbell Police and Library Facilities Bond. The $50 million bond will go toward upgrading both the police facility and library.
“This is a win for the people of Campbell who deserve to have the quality and conveniences that only modernized police and library facilities can provide,” said County Librarian Nancy Howe. “We look forward to working with the City Council and Police Department on upgrading both facilities to best serve Campbell residents.”
While it is too early to determine what exact changes will be made to the library, priorities from Santa Clara County Library District include optimizing space for services and materials; ensuring the library is fully ADA accessible; making the building energy-efficient; meeting all current fire and earthquake regulations; and providing areas for residents of all ages to enjoy the library.
Gaining the approval for a bond measure requires a great deal of long-term planning, community organization and advocacy. Measure O involved organizing and activating a group of volunteers representing the library and police to bring the ballot measure to the City Council, securing their approval, then building awareness and support from the community to vote for the measure.
The Friends of the Campbell Library took a leading role in this effort, guided by their President, Susan Gore. For the plans, action and support the Friends of the Library provided to move the bond measure from an idea to reality, Susan was honored by the California Public Library Advocates with the Friend of the Year award this month.
Visit www.sccl.org/Locations/Campbell for future updates about the renovation progress.
About the Santa Clara County Library District
The Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) promotes knowledge, ideas, and cultural enrichment. Its collection includes more than 1.9 million books, videos, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, eBooks and extensive online resources accessible from home or work. In 2014, SCCLD celebrated one hundred years of service to local residents. For the last several years, SCCLD has been consistently recognized as one of America’s Star Libraries by Library Journal. In 2016, SCCLD was ranked among the top ten large libraries in the United States in the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service. In 2014 and 2015, SCCLD won Innovator Awards from the Urban Libraries Council.
The Santa Clara County Library District includes two bookmobiles, an online library, seven community libraries and one branch library serving Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Saratoga and the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County. In 2016, the Santa Clara County Library District had more than 270,000 library cardholders and welcomed 3.3 million visitors who borrowed 9.1 million items.
Nancy Howe/Diane Roche/Erik Sanjurjo
Santa Clara County Library District
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