Work began Monday, February 23 on the long-awaited Children’s Library on the lower level of the Santa Barbara Central Library.
The project will transform the former Periodicals Room and Townley Room into a 6,000 square foot space devoted to children’s books and other materials, reading nooks and homework tables, computers for reading and play activities, and an area just for storytimes and other children’s programs.
The Santa Barbara Public Library Foundation has raised 75% of the goal of $5,624,000 for the project, with significant funding from the City, and is seeking the remaining funds needed. Construction is expected to be completed this summer. The move of the Children’s department to the lower floor will free up space on the main level to accommodate the Adult Literacy center, a computer lab, and a redesign of service desk and work areas, as well as book displays. The Library continues to be open its regular hours during construction.