Why do we need a new library for Oakley?

  • The library is leasing 3,000 square feet of space from the Liberty Union School District on a month-to-month basis. We need a permanent space that is large enough to accommodate the growing Oakley community. A new library would include space for storytimes and other programs, group study rooms, meeting rooms and space to accommodate a bigger collection of materials.
  • Data shows that libraries are good for the community. Both literacy rates and property values increase in communities with a thriving public library. 
  • The library is currently open 40 hours per week. Those hours won't increase in the existing space, as there is nowhere for additional staff to work. 
  • Parking can be a challenge at the current location. The high school has events throughout the school year which draw thousands of people to the campus: athletic events, back-to-school nights, and graduation ceremonies, etc. The school grounds can also be rented for special events by outside organizations, which adds to parking woes for library patrons. 

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