The Contra Costa County Library received $9.9 million in grant funding for the buildout of the new Bay Point Library. The grant money comes from the California State Library’s Building Forward Library Facilities Improvement Program.
The award requires a 50 percent match from the Library, which will come from a portion of the $10 million the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors designated for the Bay Point Library project in the 2023-24 budget. The grant also requires the money to be spent on specific parts of the project including interior construction, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, fire protection and conveying systems.
“Bay Point is the fastest growing unincorporated area in the county and these grant funds will help to build a library that really meets the needs of the community,” said District V Supervisor Federal Glover. “The residents of Bay Point are getting a modern, spacious library that can offer the technology and services they deserve.”
“This grant will help bring a state-of-the-art, standalone library and more open hours to a large, growing community,” said County Librarian Alison McKee. “The new Bay Point Library will be the first brand new library built in Contra Costa County since 1961 and there is no community in greater need.”
The Contra Costa County Library is one of 34 libraries, out of 148 that applied, receiving funds in this round of awards. More than $172 million in grant funds were awarded to address deferred maintenance, improve energy efficiency, and expand digital and physical access.
The new Bay Point Library will be built as part of a mixed-use, high-density, transit-oriented development within the Pittsburg-Bay Point BART station area. It will include retail space and 340 low-income housing units. The 21,000-square-foot library is expected to open in early 2027.
The $172 million awarded this year is part of $489 million set aside in 2022 by Governor Newsom and the Legislature to improve libraries in high-poverty areas. Last year, $312 million was awarded by the State Library for 246 projects. The Contra Costa County Library received $2.5M for deferred maintenance on the Antioch and Pinole libraries. The grant funds will pay for several projects including replacing the HVAC systems, replacing both roofs, electrical services upgrades, lighting improvements and paint.
For more information on the grant program, please visit the State Library website
The existing 4,000-square-foot Bay Point Library is co-located at Riverview Middle School in a building built in 1956. It lacks the necessary power and data infrastructure to support the 21st-century technological needs of a library. Limited electrical and telecommunications access means limited computer stations and reduced access to power receptacles for patron’s laptop and mobile devices.
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