Turlock Library Expansion & Renovation Project
The renovated and expanded Turlock Library reopened on August 10, 2021. The new library is approximately 16,000 square feet, an increase of 60%. A video of the dedication ceremony held on August 9, 2021 is available here.
Construction on the project to expand and renovate the Turlock Library began on May 18, 2020. Turlock’s first community library, a Carnegie library, was built in 1916 and served the community for more than 50 years. In 1968, the library moved to the current Minaret Avenue location, which was built to support a population of 30,000. Today, the number of Turlock residents exceeds 70,000. The new design preserves the beautiful park-like setting that is so loved by the community. The new library features teen and children's areas, a community room, and more.
The Turlock Library expansion and renovation project budget was $12,795,302, with funding from Library Fund Balance, Tobacco Endowment Funds, Public Facilities Fees, Deferred Maintenance Funds and General Fund monies. In addition, the Friends of the Turlock Public Library raised $1,300,000 for furnishings, architectural enhancements and technology upgrades.
Construction Photos and Video
The construction video below is a tour of the interior partway through the project. Photos appear chronologically in reverse order, from nearly complete (July 2021) to the beginning of the project (May 2020).
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History of the Turlock Public Library
The story of the Carnegie building begins with a group of women who decided that their fledgling town needed a library. Thanks to the efforts of the Women’s Improvement Club, Turlock’s first free city library opened in 1908, the same year the city incorporated. The library was housed in various temporary locations, but it was soon apparent that a permanent library building was needed. Read more of the history here.
Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors
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