One for the Books

The Carlsbad City Council recently approved a $11 million renovation for its two main libraries with the intent to better meet the changing needs of the community in today’s digital age. City of Carlsbad Library & Cultural Arts Director Heather Pizzuto said, “Today’s libraries are increasingly used for community gathering, both for learning and shared experiences. We will redesign our libraries to provide better access to information and offer additional spaces where community members can come together.”

Construction will begin in the fall with one location closed at a time while work crews make improvements. Plans for the Cole Library include construction work to better maximize the existing space, and adding a technology infastructure to allow patrons to access a wireless signal and plug in their laptops or mobile devices. The focus of construction on the Dove Library will also be to improve wireless and power access, as well as to add additional seating, a café, more self-service stations, a tech lab, six collaborative study rooms, upgrades to the Ruby G. Schulman Auditorium, and a new Friends of the Library Bookstore, which raises money to support the library.

Carlsbad’s libraries circulate about 1.3 million books, articles, DVDs, and other materials every year. About 85 percent of city residents visit the library either in person or online every year, and 57 percent use library services on a monthly basis. For more information visit www.carlsbadca.gov.