Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How big is the new library?
    The new library is approximately 20,000 square feet with a partial second story (mezzanine). The old library was 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. How much did the library cost?
    The City budgeted $13.5 million for the project.

  4. How is the operation of the Library financed?
    The County pays for 35 open hours. The City of Brentwood subsides the additional hours for the library.

  5. How was the new construction of the new library funded?
    Half of the funds came from leftover bond money from the financing of the new city hall, parking garage, and community center. The other part came from bonds that were refinanced by the City.

  6. When was the library built?
    The new library opened on September 29, 2018. See our History under "About Us" for information about our past libraries.
  7. 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.

  8. 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: October 2, 2019