Turlock Library Expansion & Renovation Project

Rendering of the exterior of the Turlock Library after the expansion and renovation project

Construction on the project to expand and renovate the Turlock Library began on May 18, 2020. Turlock’s first community library, a Carnegie library, was built in 1916 and served the community for more than 50 years. In 1968, the library moved to the current Minaret Ave. location, which was built to support a population of 30,000. Today, the number of Turlock residents exceeds 70,000. The new design preserves the beautiful park-like setting that is so loved by the community. The new library will feature teen and children's areas, a community room, and more. Please return to this site to watch as the project progresses toward completion in the Spring of 2021.

The Turlock Library expansion and renovation project budget is $12,795,302, with funding from Library Fund Balance, Tobacco Endowment Funds, Public Facilities Fees, Deferred Maintenance Funds and General Fund monies. In addition, the Friends of the Turlock Public Library are raising funds for furnishings, architectural enhancements and technology upgrades. The Friends have raised $225,000 toward a goal of $1 million. For more information, follow Friends of the Turlock Library on Facebook or email friendsofturlocklibrary2020@gmail.com


Construction Photos

Currently, preparations are underway for the new concrete foundation on the south lawn where the 6,000-square-foot expansion will reside. The foundation is expected to be poured in late July. More updates will follow as construction progresses.

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Construction Begins
Foundation being poured for the new additon to the library.
Foundation being poured for the new additon to the library.
Foundation being poured for the new additon to the library.
Forms being made to lay the concrete for the construction of the new additon to the library.
Forms being made to lay the concrete for the construction of the new additon to the library.
Forms being made to lay the concrete for the construction of the new additon to the library.
Forms being made to lay the concrete for the construction of the new additon to the library.
Forms being made to lay the concrete for the construction of the new additon to the library.
Grading the area where construction for the addition to the library will be done.
Demolition
The inside of the Turlock Library after the demolition was completed and all debris had been removed.
The inside of the Turlock Library after the demolition was completed and debris was being cleared.
The inside of the Turlock Library near the end of the demolition.

Architectural Renderings and Site Plans

After a series of check-in and update meetings with the Turlock Community, the vision for the Turlock Library was completed and incorporated into the architectural design for this project.

Site plan for the Turlock Library including the grounds around the library after renovation Floor plan for the interior of the Turlock Library after renovation

This new design includes expanding the facility from its existing 10,000-square-foot building to approximately 16,000 square feet of interior space, a 60% increase in size. In addition, the design allows for programmable outdoor space, which includes an interior courtyard and an outdoor children’s garden. New features in the Turlock Library include a community multipurpose room, expanded children’s & teen room, makerspace, Friends of the Library bookstore, and study rooms. Additional architectural renderings are below.


Additional Architectural Renderings

The rendering of the Turlock Library vestibule.
The rendering of the Turlock Library Community Room.
The rendering of the entry to the children’s area of the Turlock Library
The rendering of the Children’s Learning Tree at the Turlock Library.
The rendering of the courtyard at the Turlock Library.

History of the Turlock Public Library

The story of the Carnegie building begins with a group of women who decided that their fledgling town needed a library. Thanks to the efforts of the Women’s Improvement Club, Turlock’s first free city library opened in 1908, the same year the city incorporated. The library was housed in various temporary locations, but it was soon apparent that a permanent library building was needed. Read more of the history here.


Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors
Agenda Items

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Thumbnail image of the first page of the October 17, 2017 Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors board agenda item Thumbnail image of the first page of the December 11, 2018 Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors board agenda item Thumbnail image of the first page of the November 19, 2019 Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors board agenda item