New date set for opening of Hayward main library

HAYWARD — A new date has been set for opening the city’s main library, which has been repeatedly postponed as a string of construction issues dogged the $40 million project.

The 21st Century Library and Community Center at 888 C St. and Heritage Plaza, located on the site of the old main library, will now open Sept. 14.

The library, which will have a cafe and meeting rooms and is expected to be a community gathering place downtown, was scheduled to open in October 2018.

But electrical, fire and safety inspections and other construction issues needed to be cleared up, putting off the grand opening.

After the October delay city officials said they were aiming to open in January — a target date that also was not met.

An open house to mark the current projected opening is planned for 10 a.m.

Construction of the new library is being financed through the Measure C half-cent sales tax that Hayward voters approved in June 2014.

The new three-story, 58,000 square-foot library will house 50 percent more books and other materials than its predecessor, 53 additional computers available for public use, a Makerspace featuring 3D printers, robotics and textiles, a digital media lab, multiple community meeting rooms, a café, and a Homework Support Center in the children’s library.

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Source:: East Bay – Lifestyle


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