Menlo Park may rebuild main library twice as large

From The Mercury News

“A plan to possibly double the size of Menlo Park’s main library heads to its first hearing before the City Council on March 28.While the library of the future might not harbor floors that light up in the direction of a desired book, as one early teen commenter suggested, it will need to be at least partially rebuilt to continue meeting the demands of a growing and changing community, city officials say.The current library was built in 1959 and has been renovated a number of times since then, so it is now about 2½ times the size of the original building. Library leaders say there’s no more room to make improvements.“We have reached the point where we can’t do any more of those small (remodels),” said Nick Szegda, assistant library services director. “At this point, to do further renovations, it would begin to take away operating space. … We would have to take some book stacks out.”A consultant who assessed the library in 2014 concluded it wasn’t “particularly functional” for the 21st century, according to Library Director Susan Holmer.”