The Library

August 2012, new construction begins at the Library!

The Friends broke ground on the new Back Patio project. in August 2012, the initial hardscape has been installed, this included demolishing the existing exterior, installing drainage and decking. Phase 2A - plants, final irrigation, mulch etc. is now underway, with phase 2B and phase 3 on hold until funds become available.

To help with our fundraising efforts you can leave a permanent legacy at the library - sponsor one of the Commemorative Planks on the patio.  The Planks are made of Ipé an almost magical South American hardwood. The USDA Forest Service Products Laboratory gives Ipé top marks for bug- and rot-resistance, and the wood is so hard, it's nearly as difficult to burn as concrete.  Check out this sponsorship opportunity now, planks are $200.  Like the bricks at the Library entrance, once we sell all the Commemorative Planks the opportunity will be gone.

Building of the Scotts Valley Library Started in Summer 2010

Children's Area sponsor - LaPorte family.
Completed in June 2011, the new library is 13,150 square feet and is conveniently located next to the senior center, community center, Skypark, the post office, the transit center and anchors the future Scotts Valley town center.

Formerly, the Scotts Valley Roller Rink, the new library retains the original wood beams and 20 foot ceiling but everything else is 21st century.  The building features natural lighting provided by sun tubes and large picture windows combined with modern intimate space lighting.

Computer Bank
Using the concept of flexible space, a comfortable reading room complete with fireplace and a flat screen media wall and seating for 33 can quickly be converted to a meeting room with seating for 72 and kitchenette.  This room also contains the permanent "Book as Art" display.

There is a dedicated area for teens which features a gaming wall, elevated seating area and two group study rooms.

Local artist work on display
The children's room has comfortable seating for both parents and children.  This room features a story telling area and an early literacy center.

Overall the library has seating for over 100 people, can house a collection of 64,500 items, including books, media and downloadable audiobooks.  A wireless internet connection is available as are 15 internet access computers, 24 laptops for in-house use, an electronic homework center and a digital sign featuring coming events.  The entryway displays commemorative bricks sold by the Friends of the Library, Scotts Valley Chapter.

Seagate flat screen media
The building is owned by the Redevelopment Agency of the City of Scotts Valley.  RDA Directors and city staff, Friends of the Library, Scotts Valley Chapter and staff of the Santa Cruz Public Libraries worked together to make this 13,150 square foot branch a reality.  The project was funded completely by the Redevelopment Agency of the City of Scotts Valley and the Friends of the Library, Scotts Valley Chapter.

Special Thanks to these Donors:
  • Seagate Technology
  • Rotary Club of Scotts Valley
  • LaPorte Family
  • Bonnie and Mark Overgaard
  • Friends of the Library, Scotts Valley Chapter
  • PG&E
  • San Augustin Catholic Church

New Layout

New areas include a large children's section, teen area, group study facility, two computer banks, an adult multipurpose space, meeting rooms for the community, an outside patio and of course, more space for the library's collection of books.

It has an automated check-out system, lots of natural lighting, energy efficient, and convenient parking.