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New Rocklin library moves forward with plans

By: Staff report
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When Borders closed its bookstore at the Westfield Galleria at Roseville, the furnishings were left behind, but will now be used to furnish new libraries planned for Rocklin and Colfax. The sales price for the display tables, circulation desks, check-out counters and shelving acquired by the county was $12,000, but the replacement value of the furnishings is estimated at $400,000. The county Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve the deal at its Sept. 9 meeting. During the meeting, the board also approved a final 2008-09 budget that includes approximately $5.9 million for the new Rocklin branch library and more than $1.3 million for expanding and renovating Colfax’s branch library. The city of Rocklin Redevelopment Agency has acquired a two-story, 16,600-square-foot professional office building at Granite Drive and Rocklin Road for the new Rocklin Library. Placer County will lease the building and renovate it for use as a library. The county plans to hire an architect for architectural and engineering services in November and award a construction contact in the fall of 2009. The new library is scheduled to be completed in June of 2010. The current Rocklin library at 5460 Fifth St. was built in 1985 and expanded in 1996, giving it a total of almost 7,900-square-feet of space. “Keeping money in this year’s budget for the library was very important to the board of supervisors,” said board chairman Jim Holmes. “Working in partnership with the city of Rocklin and Galleria, we will be able to provide the community a first-class library with first-class furnishings that will meet its needs for many years to come.” “This project has been too long in coming,” said county supervisor Robert Weygandt. “I especially appreciate the Rocklin Friends of the Library and their commitment to this effort.” Each of the two supervisors represents part of Rocklin. Both thanked the Galleria for its cooperation in working a deal for the library furnishings. In Colfax, Placer County plans to renovate the historic 3,500-square-foot building at 2 W. Church St. that currently houses the library. The county will renovate the half of the building that is vacant and move the library there while the other half is being renovated. As part of the project, the county will give the library a new entry and do some exterior renovation work on the building. The project currently is in the preliminary design phase, tentatively scheduled for completion in the spring of 2010. The Administrative Services and Facility Services departments worked out final details for acquiring the furnishings and placing them in storage until they are needed.