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Main Library Expansion Discussions and Proposals

Update: On August 12, the City Council unanimously approved in concept the Task Force Principles and Guidelines for the Library and Museum that called for separate expansions of the Main Library and Metropolitan Museum. See the Council's full report.

The council also decided to hold two workshops. One will be in October to discuss space needs for programs and services at each institution, and the other, in November, will focus on design and funding issues. The public is welcome to attend.

The City of Riverside is planning to design and build an expanded Main Library building in Main Riverside. A task force was appointed by the City Council to study the expansion needs of the Main library and the Metropolitan Museum. A series of meetings were held in the City Council chambers for the task force to discuss their findings.

More information can also be found on the City of Riverside's Library/Museum Task Force page.

Task Force Schedule

June 6, 3-7 pm - Meeting to draft recommendation

June 9 - Issue draft recommendation to public and Library and Museum Boards

June 18, 6-8 pm - Public meeting to receive comments (from the public and Library and Museum Boards) on draft recommendation

June 25, 3-7 pm - Final task force meeting to consider public comments and possible changes to draft recommendation

July 11 - Consultant Jeffrey Scherer provides draft incorporating post public meeting, agreed upon revisions to BRTF members for review

July 18 - Task force member comments due

July 23 - Consultant provides final recommendation for inclusion on City Council agenda

August 6 - Deadline for submission to City Clerk’s office

August 12 - Recommendation to City Council

October (date to be announced): Workshop focusing on library and museum space needs for programs and services. Testimony provided by library and museum boards and members of the public.

November (date to be announced): Workshop focusing on project scope, design and funding.


In April 2007, the city manager's office recommended a $25 million project that would expand the library and the nearby museum through an addition to the library; however some community members felt the combined library/museum expansion did not provide adequate additional space to either the library or museum.

The library board in January approved its own plan, recommending that the Main Library be expanded from 61,420 square feet of space today to 123,900 square feet to meet demands through 2025.

On March 18, 2008, the city council appointed the task force to study the needs of both facilities and within 90 days come up with recommendations for expanding both.

Library Expansion Project Documents

Library/Museum expansion report
City Manager's report "Options to Enhance Museum and Library Facilities"
January 20, 2009

Recommended Guiding Principles
To Meet Future Service and Space Needs
Of the Main Library and Metropolitan Museum
Draft: June 10, 2008 for Public Comment on June 18, 2008

PowerPoint Presentation, Meyer Scherer & Rockcastle
May 19, 2008 - Task Force meeting

Letters and emails from the public collected for the use of the Task Force by the Committee to Renew the Library
May 20, 2008

Riverside Public Library Conceptual Building Program (PDF)
William W. Sannwald, Centre for Library Design and Development
March 2006

Conceptual Building Program Presentation (PowerPoint)
by William W. Sannwald
Riverside Public Library, Board of Library Directors Meeting
March 28, 2006

Summary Memo (draft), Riverside Public Library, Central Library Building (PDF)
AnnBeha Architects
September 20, 2002

Riverside Main Library & Museum Expansion (PDF)
Pfeiffer Partners Architects
March 1, 2007

Expansion of the City of Riverside Museum and Library Facility Project (PDF)
Pfeiffer Partners Architects
January 16, 2008

A Plan for the Right Main Library for the Heart of Riverside: The Core of a City-wide System of Service (PDF)
Approved by the Board of Library Trustees January 28, 2008

The Main Library is the cultural heart... (PDF)

Making Cities Stronger: Public Library Contributions to Local Economic Development (PDF)
Urban Libraries Council
January 2007

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