Permanent Roseland Library Project
History and Future Plans
November 2015 the temporary community library opens in Roseland
This long sought neighborhood library was made possible through the combined efforts of the Sonoma County Community Development Commission, the Sonoma County Library, the Sonoma County Public Library Foundation, Friends of the Santa Rosa Library, Los Cien, the Rohnert Park Rotary, and other generous public service groups and private donors.
Present site of the Roseland Library
The Library is included in a 7.5-acre plot of land destined to be redeveloped in a public/private partnership beginning in 2018. This redevelopment will include affordable housing, market rate housing, a commercial food hall, a public plaza, and a civic building. The plans are for the civic building to house a permanent Sonoma County Library branch and a permanent Boys & Girls Club for the Roseland neighborhood youth.
Cost of the future permanent Roseland Library
The cost of the permanent library branch is presently expected to be approximately $4.5 million (not including the Boys & Girls club portion). It is hoped that a significant portion of this funding requirement will be met by Sonoma County and the City of Santa Rosa. The reality is, however, that approximately $1.7 million will have to be raised through private means to bring this worthy project to a successful conclusion.
November 2016 Sonoma County voters pass Measure Y
This sales tax measure provides critical funding for Sonoma County Library operations. This measure allows our library system to re-open on Mondays, expand other library hours, expand staffing, increase material collections, and begins long delayed maintenance on all library facility branches. Unfortunately, Measure Y does not allow the use of these sales tax funds for capital projects, such as the proposed new permanent Roseland branch. The generosity of our civic groups and citizens will be needed for the construction costs of the permanent facility. After completion of the building, Measure Y funding will provide up to $1 million of the $4.5 million to provide the interior finishing, books, equipment, computers and staffing in order to open the doors and additional operational funds going forward.
Early 2016 the Coalition to Support the Roseland Library is created
This group includes present and past county commissioners, city councilmen and councilwomen, the present joint city/county Sonoma County Library Commissioner, local library support organizations, civic groups, and dedicated citizens.
Sonoma County Public Library Foundation serves as fiscal agent for all private donations to the Roseland project. The Foundation was a founding member organization in the original effort to fund the temporary Roseland library – and is again taking a leading role in this final effort to build a permanent home for the Roseland branch. Records of all donations will be maintained by the Foundation, tax donation acknowledgement letters will be provided to donors by the Foundation, and all collected funds will be paid by the Foundation towards the construction costs of the new permanent facility. Additionally, the Foundation has already committed funds to the future permanent building.
Libraries remain essential in a democratic society.
Libraries provide much needed investment in the future of our youth, opportunities for continued education for adults, a proven mechanism for economic growth through skills training and access to new technology, and an important sense of community for all. We will continue to keep anyone interested in our progress and in new developments on this web page, through Facebook, and by mail and email.
Please join the Coalition and your Sonoma County Public Library Foundation in making the long needed permanent Roseland library branch a reality.
Support the project:
We are actively inviting individual supporters and organizational members to join our Coalition. No dues, or monthly meetings required, just a willingness to stand up for a permanent library in SW Santa Rosa.
We do anticipate the need to raise funds to secure and build out a permanent site as we succeed in guaranteeing a permanent location. Any capital or other fundraising foals and campaigns will be announced publicly when tangible plans for a library are achieved.