Library Site Evaluation Information

The current site and all potential new sites are being evaluated by the following criteria, which were developed from standard practice for library site evaluation and specific needs of our community as defined in the Library Space Needs Assessment completed in May 2017.

Neighborhood Context

  • Synergies with other cultural, civic, retail and residential neighbors:
    • Zoning and type of use; library use consistent with other surrounding uses (civic, educational, etc.)
    • Mutually-beneficial occupancies (functions of neighboring organizations are complimentary to library functions and vice versa)
    • Shared destination (sustainable strategy wherein people can park in one place and access multiple locations)
  • Central location within service area (both by population and geography)
  • Traffic and safety considerations

Site Considerations

  • Initial building size (supports a building of at least 14,000 to 16,000 square feet with accompanying parking, storm water retention, etc.)
  • Desirable shape (shape of site is uniform/doesn’t force odd or expensive building and related systems location/design)
  • Room for possible future expansion
  • Ease of construction (size and location of site allow for reasonably affordable and easy construction, including parking and access for construction vehicles)
  • Likelihood of existing hazardous materials contamination in need of remediation


  • Easy drop off/delivery (for patrons, daily book deliveries and vendors)
  • Pedestrian access
  • Car access/on-site parking
  • On-site drive thru book return (either into building or drop box)
  • Off-site parking for overflow available close by


  • Usable outdoor space (comfortable space for individual and program use, including noise level)
  • Views and natural areas