New Rocklin library to be dedicated Dec. 13

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The public will get its first chance to check out the interior of the new Rocklin branch of the Placer County Library during a dedication ceremony hosted by the Board of Supervisors Monday, Dec. 13. The ceremony is scheduled to take place at 11:30 a.m. inside the library, which is located at 4890 Granite Drive at the corner of Granite Drive and Rocklin Road. “We hope the public will join us, because the ceremony will be a great chance to check out the new library,” Supervisor Robert Weygandt said. “We will not have books and other library materials on the shelves yet, but residents will be able to walk around and get better acquainted with their new library and the many services it will have to offer.” The library is scheduled to be open to the public beginning Jan. 10. “We are delighted to have a new state-of-the-art library to serve our community,” said Rocklin Mayor Scott Yuill. “We are also very impressed with how beautiful it turned out.” Francine Yorde, president of the Rocklin Friends of the Library and Library Advisory Board representative for Supervisor District 2, will speak at the dedication ceremony on behalf of the Friends and the public. The Friends have provided financial and labor support for the project, including recent work on the landscaping and funding for an “opening day collection.” The new library is in a two-story building owned by the city of Rocklin Redevelopment Agency. The agency is leasing the building to Placer County for use as a library. The new library will have 16,600 square feet of space – more than twice as much as the old Rocklin library. It will provide improved patron and staff areas, including reading areas, study areas and work spaces, and room for growth of the collection, as well as increased parking and improved public access. The library will also incorporate new technologies for self check, PC Reservations and returned-book processing.  In response to the results of last year’s survey, Placer County has set aside almost the entire first floor to meet the needs of children. Though the architect’s estimate for tenant improvements was $3.2 million, the bid price was $2.3 million, saving $900,000. Construction is being done by Sequoia Pacific Builders, with Placer County providing the funding. The county initially planned to construct a new building for the new Rocklin library, and had set aside some funding for a project with a projected price tag of approximately $20 million. Instead, Placer County and the city of Rocklin agreed to locate the library in the Granite Drive building. To a large extent, the county funded the library expansion with capital facility impact fees charged to developers over the last 10 years and set aside for this specific purpose. The old Rocklin library at 5460 Fifth St. in Johnson-Springview Park was built in the mid-1980s. It was closed on Oct. 2 so that the shelving could be refurbished and the library materials encoded for the self-check technology in the new library. ~Staff report