Deborah Marks is also leader of Sunnyvale Urban Forests Advocates
The Sunnyvale 144,000 square foot (SF) Library of the Future described in the "Needs Assessment" by Anderson Brule Architects would have been the 6th largest public library in California. Even the "interim" 116,000 SF Library of the Future would come in at number 9 in size order.
Sunnyvale is 38th in population among CA cities. Most cities the size of Sunnyvale get a main library roughly the size of Sunnyvale's and then expand by adding branches. We look at that here:
Out of over 1100 libraries in California here are the 10 largest with their cities:
1. Los Angeles Central - 538,802 SF
Pop. 3.8M - 57 Additional Branches
|Los Angeles Central - 538,802 SF|
2. San Diego Central - 376,000 SF
Pop. 1.4M - 35 Additional Branches
|San Diego Main - 476,000 SF building (but 100K SF used by charter schools)|
C.f. post here: http://cspgs.blogspot.com/2015/09/san-diegos-monumental-main-library.html
3. San Francisco: Main - 376,000 SF
3. San Francisco: Main - 376,000 SF
Pop. 852K - 27 Additional Branches
|San Francisco Main - 376,000 SF|
4. San Jose: Martin Luther King, Jr. - 475,000 SF
Pop. 1.0M - 18 Additional Branches
|Nominally 475,000 SF but SJSU students seem to use 85% of it|
C.f.,bottom of blog post: http://cspgs.blogspot.com/2015/09/aba-libraries.html
5. Sacramento Central - 160,000 SF
This old library is only 10% larger than the 144K SF proposed Library of the Future
Pop. 1.4M (City and County) - 27 Additional Branches
|This modern entrance is in the middle of the building facing the street.|
|Original Building - Currently this comprises only about half the library|
|This "street view" captures the entire length but all those trees get in the way|
|The width of the building|
This illustrates one way to get a large library. Don't tear down what you've got, just add on.
6. Long Beach Main - 135,000 SF
Pop. 474,000 - 11 Additional Branches
This is where Sunnyvale's 144,000 SF Library of the Future would be if it were ever built - the 6th largest library in California. Long Beach's would then come directly after in 7th place. Sunnyvale's population is 147,000 or 31% of Long Beach's. Long Beach is 50 sq. miles (land area). Sunnyvale's land area is 22 sq. miles = 44% the size of Long Beach. Long Beach has twelve libraries including this. Sunnyvale has one.
|Long Beach Civic Center - Library in foreground under the green roof|
|Interior of Library|
7. Pasadena Central - 135,000 SF
Pop. 141,000 - 9 Additional Branches
Pasadena built a beautiful civic center including a library in 1927. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. It was designed with the idea that it could be expanded without hurting the architectural integrity of the building. Consistent with this intent it was expanded and seismically retrofitted over the years. Much more of it's history in several pages starting with page one here:
Pasadena is slightly smaller in population than Sunnyvale and has 10(!) libraries including this main one. Pasadena's land area is 23 sq. miles compared to Sunnyvale's 22 sq. miles.
8. Kern County Library (Bakersfield) - 128,165 SF
Pop. Kern County = 850,000 (Bakersfield = 369,000)
24 Additional Branches
The officially titled Beale Memorial Library is the largest library in the largest city in Kern County.
|Click on this or any photo to enlarge|
9. Huntington Beach Main - 115,000 SF
Pop. 200,000 - 4 Additional Branches
If the "interim" 116,000 sq.ft. Sunnyvale Library of the Future is ever built it would fit in here as the 9th largest library in California.
On the Pacific coast of Orange County, Huntington Beach is a large town famous for it's beaches and surfing. The main library includes a community center theater which adds significantly to it's nominal square footage. It is almost impossible to get a good photo of the building.
|Google "Street View" - best I could do|
|Two levels inside (obviously)|
|Many solar panels over the parking lot|
10. Santa Monica Main - 105,000 SF
Pop. 93,000 - 3 Additional Branches
Santa Monica is surrounded on three sides by Los Angeles and the fourth by the Pacific Ocean. Santa Monica has a small area of only 8.4 sq. miles vs. Sunnyvale's 22 sq. miles It has an extremely large main library for its population with 3 small branches totaling an additional 12,000 sq.ft. It actually has more library borrowers (99,000) than residents. Clearly, it serves a much larger community than it's own residents. Pix below from: http://www.moorerubleyudell.com/projects/santa-monica-public-library
Source for all library sizes: