The existing library building in Sunnyvale was originally constructed in 1960 when Sunnyvale's population included 52,898 people. Despite two expansions since 1960, the existing facility reached capacity many years ago and is unable to adequately serve a community which now includes 141,099 residents and an even higher daytime population due to the number of workers entering Sunnyvale from other jurisdictions. The library space needs assessment completed in 2007 suggested the library needed to provide more room for collections, children's areas, technology labs, educational programs, homework assistance, tutoring and group study areas.
On November 6, 2007, 59.12% of Sunnyvale voters supported a measure to fund the design and construction of a new main library, however, a 2/3 majority vote was required and therefore, the measure failed.
A Special Council Meeting was held on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 to consider what steps, if any, should be taken towards the developing a new main library in Sunnyvale. You can learn more at NewSunnyvaleLibrary.org. The site provides news and information about the community effort to get a new library built in Sunnyvale, and will include plan proposals when they become available.