When a thousand people each give $1,000 that equals $1 million. This major capital support campaign of the Costa Mesa Library Foundation — to raise a substantial sum of money for a new central library in Costa Mesa from a large number of residents in our community — gives everyone an opportunity to make a statement that they know and appreciate the importance of libraries in their education, employability, and relaxation.
Why do we need a central library?
A number of studies completed since 1998 show that there are unmet library needs in our city. Additional space is needed for expanded collections, study rooms, meeting rooms, more computers, teen areas, and the very popular children's programs. There should be sufficient space for local artists to exhibit or perform their works.
Currently library service in Costa Mesa is provided by three small branch libraries of the Orange County Public Library (OCPL) system: the Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Library, at 1855 Park Ave., the Mesa Verde Library, at 2969 Mesa Verde Drive East, and the Technology Library, at 3033 S. Bristol St.