The Oakley City Council adopted a resolution in October which directed staff to coordinate with the library staff and the Friends to prepare an implementation plan with further research, revised costs and steps required to make the former Centromart building the library’s new home. The results of this survey will be brought back to the council as part of the implementation plan at an upcoming council meeting.
Since the Friends want to hear from all Oakley residents, those who did not receive a survey are welcome to take the same survey online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/OakleyLibrary.
For years, Oakley librarians and supporters have advocated for a new library space to accommodate the increasing number of users. The Oakley Library currently shares space with the Freedom High School Library, and while the arrangement was originally a good fit, the Oakley Library has outgrown its 3,000-square-foot home.
The Friends of the Oakley Library conducted a study earlier this year to find the best relocation site, and the CentroMart building was identified as ideal. The facility occupies 15,000 square feet, which would include space for a community room and possibly a café.