City Government, Community, Events, Library

New main library to open Sept. 14

August 14, 2019

A look from the third floor in the new main library. Books on the shelves and artwork

Hayward’s new 21st Century Library and Community Learning Center will open its doors for regular operations and a community open house at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14.

Construction of the new main library at 888 C Street and Heritage Plaza on the site of the old main library is being financed through the Measure C half-cent sales tax passed by Hayward voters in June 2014.

Together, the new library and plaza are setting a new standard for environmentally sustainable design in public projects.  The building will be a net-zero-energy facility, meaning it will be 100-percent energy self-sufficient.  And it will be powered by 100 percent carbon-free sources of electricity.

To conserve drinking water, the new library and surrounding facilities will capture and store rainwater in a cistern beneath the location of the old main library for future non-potable uses, such as flushing toilets and irrigation.

Once fully operational, 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.