Library Renewal Project

  • Entrance
    Karin Payson architecture + design
  • Central Space
    Central Space
    Karin Payson architecture + design
  • Hall
    Karin Payson architecture + design
  • Reading Room
    Reading Room
    Karin Payson architecture + design

Established in 1908 with a grant from Andrew Carnegie and community donations, the Pacific Grove Public Library has served generations of Pacific Grove residents and Peninsula citizens. More than a century later, our proud Carnegie Library is showing its age, in need of a Renewal...and in need of your help!

A 2014 resident survey and decades of Library user comments say that improving usability and access, providing a comfortable and welcoming community space, and preserving the historic Carnegie “heart” of the Library are priorities. The Friends of the Library have joined with the Library Foundation, City Council, Library Board, and community volunteers to raise the needed funds.

Preserving Our Community’s Past

  • Reveal and refinish the 1908 Carnegie rotunda.
  • Restore and connect the historic “heart” of the Library
  • Create a central history space to preserve and display our irreplaceable local archives.

Enhancing the Present

  • Provide comfortable, accessible, and welcoming community spaces to support early literacy, lifelong learning and information access for all ages and abilities through children’s services, internet access, study groups, small and large meetings, and public programs.
  • Update restrooms, carpeting, shelving, and fixtures
  • Improve usability and accessibility with a new central service desk, upgraded and energy-efficient lighting, improved lighting and way finding.

Preparing for our Community's Future

  • Improve and expand connectivity and infrastructure for 21st century technology needs.
  • Provide flexible spaces to support quiet reading, group study, programs, and meeting.
  • Ensure the renewed Library meets the needs of generations to come
“A Library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never-failing spring in the desert.”
Andrew Carnegie