The Santa Barbara Public Library has received more than $1.4 million from the California State Library for infrastructure improvements.
The Santa Barbara library was awarded $1.4 million for the construction of an ADA elevator and to install fire suppression systems at the Central Library on Anapamu Street.
For the Eastside Library, the Santa Barbara library received $40,000 for a backup battery power system that will contribute to the Eastside Library and Franklin Center becoming a resiliency hub for the community in times of emergencies.
This is the first round of the California State Library’s $439 million Building Forward Library Improvement Grant Program, the largest investment in public library infrastructure in California history.
“Libraries provide critical needs to the community, and the investment in these facilities will ensure we can continue to make our spaces accessible and able to provide needed services during states of emergency, as SBPL did during the Thomas Fire and Montecito mudflows,” said Jessica Cadiente, the Santa Barbara Public Library director.
Gov. Newsom Gavin announced $254 million in grants to public libraries in 172 cities across 34 counties to renovate and improve facilities across the state
A full list of projects to be funded in this round of grants can be found on the California State Library website, library.ca.gov.