Library Renewal Project Plan

“To renew is to give fresh life, or strength to, to extend the use reaffirm.”

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.”

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1908 Carnegie Library
Library Building History
Improvements in all areas
Carnegie Section
Patron Utility and Computer Area


Completion of the Library Renewal Project will improve the look, feel and usability of the Pacific Grove Public Library for years to come. Patrons will enter a bright central room, with shelving lit and oriented for improved access for patrons of all ages and abilities. The historic Carnegie rotunda, with gleaming wood finishes and heritage carpeting, replica chandeliers in the newly revealed vaulted ceiling, comfortable and historic furniture, and a sense of elegance and ease, will restore the experience of entering the library on its opening day in 1908. A graceful transition between the Carnegie rotunda and subsequent nearby additions will be achieved through carpeting, paint, lighting and user‐friendly seating. A dedicated space will display and store irreplaceable local history and community memories.

Meeting, seating and quiet study areas will be achieved through flexible furnishings and temporary closure solutions throughout the library. Single user and family/ADA restrooms will take the place of current substandard facilities. The children’s room will be freshly refurbished with bright carpeting, paint, furnishings and new youth‐height shelving. Accessible and improved signage for way finding will support diverse users and staff areas will receive updating for improved use and efficiency.