Branch Locations & Hours - Aptos
7695 Soquel Drive
Aptos, CA 95003-3899 ( View Map)
Telephone Reference: 831-427-7713
Branch Services — Beyond Books...
- Meeting Rooms
Maximum occupancy limit: 69 (seating for 41)
• Seating for 41
• Room Capacity: 69
• Wall mounted screen with wireless Apple TV and PC access
• (4) 2.5 foot by 6 foot tables
• (1) 4 foot round table
• Counter top and sink
Contact: Circulation Staff (831-427-7702)
- Public Internet Access - Adults
10 machines with internet and Microsoft Office with one hour time limit; printing is 15¢ per page
- Public Internet Access - Kids
3 machines with internet and Microsoft Office for kids 17 and under; first 10 pages printed free (for homework use only)
- Wireless Internet Access
About the Branch:
Square Feet: 8,000
The original Aptos branch library was founded in 1944 on Trout Gulch Road. Instrumental in getting the library started was its first librarian, Mrs. Helen Wikkerink. By 1964 the branch had become too small to serve the needs of the community, and in October of that year, the library moved to a more spacious location at the Rancho del Mar shopping center. The new location more than tripled the available space, and enabled the library to double its volume to around 10,000 books.
By 1970, the Aptos branch was the fastest growing branch in the library system, and it had again outgrown its space at the shopping center. The search for a new library site began in early 1972, and the current site was chosen in July of that year. Spencer, Lee and Busse, the same architectural firm that designed the Central and Branciforte libraries, was chosen to design the new library, at a cost ranging from $262,300 to $342,825. By the time plans had been submitted, revised, and approved, the total cost of the project had risen to $367,746. Construction bids were solicited, and the low bid of $349,325 by Engineering Maintenance Inc., of Santa Clara, was accepted. Construction proceeded rapidly throughout the fall of 1974, and it was hoped to be completed in March of 1975.
The Rancho del Mar building closed on June 23, and the new Aptos branch was dedicated on Saturday, June 28, 1975. The new branch included a meeting room, which helps it serve as a community center.
Last updated by teeterj on Dec. 29, 2011