Many Libraries expand their facilities without seeing a necessity to totally demolish the existing library. If that had been the proposal for the Sunnyvale 2007 library bond issue, it would undoubtedly have passed.
Here are some more examples of expansions of, and substantial upgrades to, existing libraries:
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Middleburg, VA, doubled the size of their small county library with detailed plans before hand so people could see what they woudl be getting. See below
The Southern Oregon University Library (below) was originally nearly 60K square feet (the size of the Sunnyvale Public Library) and completely renovated and doubled in size to 120K square feet for $23M in 2007. We give more detail and with many lovely photos of the complete renovation that was done to the building at http://cspgs.blogspot.com/2014/02/a-model-for-library-expansion.html
And another library expansion.