About the Library — Downtown Library Advisory Committee




The ten-member group, appointed by SCPL's Director, Susan Nemitz, represents a variety of ages, work experience, and life experience in out community.

Powers and Duties

Measure S provides $23 million for the Downtown Library improvement project. The City Council directed the development of the Santa Cruz Downtown Library Advisory Committee (DLAC) to advise the City Council, Library Board, and Library Director on the design of a new Downtown Library.

The Advisory Committee, working with an architectural consultant, will:
  • Explore national library trends;
  • Assess current and future library services;
  • Examine the existing library building conditions; and,
  • Evaluate the library service needs for Santa Cruz City residents over the next twenty years.
  • The final report of the committee should make recommendations as to:
  • The programmatic scope of Downtown Library services.
  • The feasibility of co-locating the SCPL administrative offices (currently residing elsewhere in 14,000 square feet) on site with the Downtown Library.
  • The evaluation of the three site option for the Downtown branch (new/current site, remodel/current site, new/parking garage site).
  • An estimate the cost of program goals against the current budget.
The Committee expects to carry out its work from June through November 2017.

Staff Contact

Susan Nemitz, Library Director
Administration Headquarters
117 Union St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060