How much will it cost?

Staff estimates that in addition to the $20 million needed to trigger the Arrillaga donation, there could be up to an additional $10 million in soft costs paid by the City associated with a new Main Library. These costs would be for preparing the building site, relocating/reconstructing utilities, and outfitting the new facility with shelving and furniture.  A cost estimate for a new Belle Haven Library has not yet been determined.

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1. Why do we need a new library?
2. Why now?
3. How do we know what kind of facility we need? Where will the new libraries be located?
4. How much will it cost?
5. How will the City’s share of the construction costs be funded?
6. Shouldn’t we pay for other City improvements before we build a new library?
7. What about the branch? Shouldn’t it be updated first?
8. Why don’t you just remodel?
9. What about the books?
10. Will the library uses be different?
11. How can I get involved?