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.