MANTECA LIBRARY: Waiting for the next chapter

From Manteca Bulletin

” The Manteca Library hasn’t been expanded since 1977. The expansion at the city-owned facility at 320 W, Center Street in downtown was designed to serve the needs of a community of 32,000. Manteca now has 75,000 residents.The last big push to expand Manteca’s library facilities started 20 years ago. A citizens’ task force was formed. Options were studied such as building a new library at Airport Way and Louise Avenue and converting the exiting location into a branch library. In the end the task force — and the City Council at the time — settled on staying at 320 Center St. They went with a schematic design that more than doubled the space with a two-story floorplan that emphasized the tech forces that were reshaping libraries as the 21st century approached.”