New Brisbane Library

In 2014, the Council identified the L.T. Clarke/5 Star Café site as the preferred site for the new Brisbane Library and afterwards formed a Library Planning Stakeholder Group.  This group is comprised of representatives from the Friends of the Brisbane Library, Mothers of Brisbane, San Mateo County Library Staff, Brisbane School District, BEST/PTO, City Council (1 member, plus 1 alternate), a Parks and Recreation Commissioner, the City Manager, and the Public Works Director. 

Library Planning Stakeholder Group (LPSG) reviews architectural-engineering RFPs (early 2016)

 LPSG recommends architectural and design firm (Siegel & Strain) to Council (April, 2016)

 50% design of the New Brisbane Library to Council (November 3, 2016 meeting)

Council adopts a Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND)* for the new Library (February 2, 2017 meeting)

Council approves final design of the Library and invites construction bids (expected March 2018)

Council awards construction contract (expected June 2018)

Construction of the Library starts (expected Summer 2018)

Construction ends (expected Summer/Fall 2019)

As far as funding goes, the Board of Supervisors voted to authorize a one-time $300K grant for design purposes at their March 29, 2016 meeting.  The Administrative Services Director and City Manager are also working on a low-interest loan from San Mateo County for the amount we may need to fund the library above and beyond the dedicated funds we have from the Northeast Ridge, which is about $3M.  The loan would be based on county investment pool interest earnings, something around 1 to 2%.  The details of the loan will be finalized as the project comes together and the actual construction costs are identified.  The Friends of the Brisbane Library are setting out to raise $100,000 for the new Brisbane Library, starting in 2017.  Click here to donate towards the New Brisbane Library!

* The Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) study found that the new Library would not have a significant effect on the environment because mitigation measures have been incorporated into the project.