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About the Library — Planning Documents
The Santa Cruz Public Libraries (SCPL) system enhances the quality of life in the community by providing vibrant physical and virtual public spaces where people connect, discover, and engage the mind, as evidenced by SCPL’s Statement of Purpose: “Connect, Inspire, Inform.” In 1996, the Library was formed as a special district governed by a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) and a nine member Library Joint Powers Board (LJPB). SCPL serves a population of more than 200,000 residents located in all urban, suburban and rural areas of Santa Cruz County except Watsonville.
In 2012, SCPL initiated a master planning process to create modern library facilities that provide modern library service. Objectives of the master plan included implementing SCPL’s new service model, identifying strategies to prepare facilities for the future, and creating a foundation for proactive capital maintenance over the next decade. SCPL selected a consultant team led by Group 4 Architecture, Research + Planning, Inc. (Group 4), a firm with experience helping libraries nationwide develop sustainable service and facility plans. Concurrent with the development of the new facilities master plan, SCPL also commissioned a separate consultant to develop a library technology plan.