Growing to Serve Our Community
Expanding And Moving
The Roseland Community Library continues to grow to serve the southwest Santa Rosa area. After more than three years occupying an interim space in a former furniture store, with limited hours and challenging conditions, the library is moving and expanding!
The Sonoma County Library signed a six-year lease for a new branch library at 470 Sebastopol Road, in the heart of Roseland. Currently, we are planning our new library, with more hours, more space, more programs, more staff and more everything that the Roseland community has advocated for the last few years. The new branch library will open in 2020.
While the new library will be a wonderful step forward, we have even bigger dreams. The Sonoma County Library is working actively with the City of Santa Rosa, the County of Sonoma, the Roseland Library Coalition, the Sonoma County Public Library Foundation, and other partners on a vision for a permanent library in Roseland. By working closely with our partners and community we will create a full-service library that is truly the heart of the Roseland community.
The Sonoma County Library would like to thank our library supporters for their advocacy in creating a Roseland Community Library. We look forward to continuing to meet the needs of our community in achieving our next steps of this dream.
Please take a minute to complete a survey and let us know what you need from your local library. We'll be moving the current Roseland Community Library to a new location in 2020 and will be open more hours.
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WHERE is the library moving?
From 779 Sebastopol Road to 470 Sebastopol Road (across the street from the current library and half a block east).
WHEN is the library moving?
We are planning the space, ordering shelves and furniture and will be getting building permits, all so that we can set up the branch quickly once our internal improvements are completed. We are working with Anderson Brulé Architects on this project and part of this process is an extensive outreach strategy. We are actively collecting responses to a survey for the new branch and the survey can be found on the Library’s website. We will also be completing a few outreach events in the community as part of this strategy. We had originally planned to be open in January 2020 but have been delayed a bit due to unanticipated building requirements associated with the use of the building as a community library. We are working closely with our partners in the City of Santa Rosa in the building process and we look forward to opening in 2020.
WHY is the library moving?
The building that houses our current library is slated for demolition in 2020 to make way for the new Roseland Neighborhood Village project. Our new space will enable us to be open more hours for the community (especially in the after school hours) and have more space to offer more programming to the community. We are also planning to have a community room available for the public to use.
HOW big is the new space?
At approximately 4,500 square feet, it will allow more space for books and programs than we have now. We will also have better defined areas for adults, teen and children.
WILL Roseland have no library between the current and future branch?
Our goal is to not have an interruption of service. We will remain in our current building until we transition to the new building.
WHAT will change at the new location?
We will open more hours, offer more programs and services, have more staff – there will be more of everything!
WILL you still share a space with the Boys & Girls Club?
There is not enough space in our new facility to house both organizations right now but we’re open to a continued partnership with the Boys & Girls Club.
IS THIS our new permanent home in Roseland?
No. We have a six-year lease, which gives us time to identify a good location for a larger, permanent library, get it designed and work with our community partners to get it funded. Six years is not a lot of time for a major public building project, so we will be working on it right away. We welcome any contacts you may have in support of this long-term goal.