Alameda City Library
The Alameda Free Library was founded in 1877, the fourth oldest public library in California. For 25 years the Library moved to a variey of locations. With a $35,000 construction grant from Andrew Carnegie, the Main Library opened its doors on the corner of Santa Clara Avenue and Oak Street in 1903.
In the 1970s, Friends of the Library was formed to secure a new main library for the community. Long-term members include: Lucy Brohard, Lois and Mark Hanna, Adair and Bob Jorgensen, Dorothy Larzelere, Ann Muir, Honora Murphy, Kate and John Quick, Shirley Sachsen, Donna Vaughn, Archie Waterbury, Gert and Pete Woods and many others.
In 1996, Measure C, ballot measure to build a new 47,000 square foot Main Library failed. In 1998 it was determined that the Main Library required substanial and extremely costly seismic retrofitting. The Main Library moved to temporay leased space in the historic Alameda High School. The first five years of lease cost the city $1 a year. The 18,000 square foot two-floor space once housed twenty classrooms.
In March, 2000 Proposition 14, a $350 million state bond measure was passed in California. The Alameda community passed library bond Measure O (a $10,600,000 bond) in November, 2000. As part of the application process for matching State funds in 2002, the City of Alameda entered into a joint use agreement with Alameda Unified School District for the Alameda Free Library. In December, 2002, Alameda was awarded $15,500,000. Groundbreaing ceremony occured on March 1, 2005 and plans to open in October, 2006.
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Library Support Orgranizations
The Alameda Free Library receives support from four citizens groups:
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