New City Library
PROJECT: New Moorpark City Library
ABOUT THE PROJECT:
Recognizing that the needs of the community have outgrown the capabilities of the City’s public library, the City has embarked on a project to construct a new, modern library to serve our residents.
COMMUNITY SURVEY: In 2018 a survey was distributed to collect feedback about what features the community wished to see in the new facility. A total of 756 responses were collected. This feedback is being used by the library consultant in planning the new facility.
COMMUNITY WORKSHOP #1: On Wednesday, December 9th the City held its first community workshop for the New City Library. This virtual event provided updates on the development process and collected input on various aspects of the Library. A total of 22 participants logged in to the event, which was recorded and available to view on YouTube at the link below.
COMMUNITY WORKSHOP #2: The city is planning a second workshop for February of 2020. Details will be announced soon. Be sure to sign up for Moorpark News alerts through Notify Me, and don't miss the next opportunity to help design Your Library!
In 2016, the Moorpark City Council selected a site for the library on the north side of High Street, across from the Post Office, and authorized staff to move forward with the design of a new 18,000 sq. ft. City library. The site was selected not only to support the ongoing development of Moorpark’s downtown area, but also due to its proximity to several neighborhood schools. The following year library consultant Linda Demmers was hired to assist staff with community engagement, planning, programming, architecture review and consultation to ensure that the ultimate layout and function of the library will meet the City’s and community’s needs.
In 2018 the City Council directed staff to update the Civic Center Master Plan to provide a planning framework for a civic center campus that includes a new city hall and the planned New City Library. Architectural firm CWA AIA, Inc. was hired to lead this effort and to design the new City Library. CWA AIA's library experience includes designing the Camarillo Library and the Stevenson Ranch Library, among others.
In the Summer of 2020 the City Council approved a conceptual design for a Civic Center Master Plan, which incorporates not only the new library, but also a new City Hall development north of the new library site. This master plan concept creates a strong civic anchor to the High Street corridor, allows for the continuation of commercial uses down the extended portion of High Street, and provides flexibility for future re-use of the existing Civic Center properties. Initially, however, the City’s focus is on the construction of the new library. Work on designing the new library is now underway, and library and City staff are excited to move one step closer to a new modern library for Moorpark and its residents.