Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How big will the new library be?
    The new library will be approximately 20,000 square feet with a partial second story (mezzanine). The current library is 5,000 square feet.

  2. Is this size large enough?
    Based on the Needs Assessment that was done at the start of the project, this amount of square footage should serve the City to build out, estimated at 80,000 population. Smart planning, programming and design will allow for the optimum use of space, efficiency and functionality of the library for years to come.

  3. Where will the new library be located?
    The new library will occupy the entire space at 104-118-120 Oak Street. The library is currently located in the back of the Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak Street.

  4. How much will the new library cost?
    The City has budgeted $13.5 million for the project.

  5. Will the City still subsidize the cost of operations or will the library need to reduce hours?
    The City plans to continue to subsidize the additional hours for the library.

  6. How will the City fund the new library construction?
    Half of the funds will come from leftover bond money from the financing of the new city hall, parking garage, and community center. The other part will come from bonds that were refinanced by the City.
  7. When will the library be built?
    The old library was demolished in February 2017. Construction has begun and is expected to be completed in the Summer of 2018.

  8. Why can’t the library be located into one of the new Civic Center buildings?
    The design of these buildings was intended to provide adequate space for build out of the City. Based on this design, there is not adequate space in either City Hall or the Community Center that would provide for an efficient library.

  9. Will libraries still be needed in the future? Isn’t everything going “digital?”
    It’s hard to predict how technology will shape our future, but if current trends are any indication, libraries are still relevant and important. The Brentwood library keeps increasing its circulation and the facility is utilized more than ever.

 
Updated: September 23, 2017