Help Improve the Woodside Library


Outside view of Woodside LibraryThe San Mateo County Library is seeking community input for the Woodside Library Interior Renovation Project. This week and next, the Woodside community is invited to help improve the Library by contributing their thoughts and suggestions for the Woodside Library Renovation Project.

Model of Service

In the 40-year period since the Woodside Library building was constructed, a number of changes have taken place in the delivery of library service. San Mateo County Library has taken a system-wide approach to addressing these evolving needs and has worked to incorporate new strategies and approaches to improving library service. The Library’s Service Model places an emphasis on the community’s experience by creating intuitive spaces that meet the needs of a variety of age groups and preferences, and strives to present materials and services in ways that welcome participation. Harnessing technology to perform repetitive tasks, and thereby redirecting staff to perform direct public service, is also a part of this model.

Who's Involved

Group 4 Architecture Research and Planning of South San Francisco was chosen earlier this year to lead the interior renovation of the Woodside Library. Key stakeholders from the Town, Library, Friends of the Library, and community are currently working with Group 4 to evaluate existing conditions, identify opportunities, and develop conceptual documents that identify design solutions. Over the past several weeks, Group 4 has collected and analyzed data, and recently held a Stakeholder Design Workshop on May 7th.

Share Your Perspective

The community is encouraged to review the information from the Stakeholder Workshop Presentation and give their input using the Community Input Survey by visiting the Woodside Library.

It is anticipated that the conceptual design plans will be completed later this year and presented to the Woodside Town Council and Library JPA Governing Board for approval.


Author Bio:

Alan Couch is the Branch Manager of Woodside and Portola Valley Libraries. Before moving to California in 2008, Alan, who is a native of the Gulf Coast, lived in Philadelphia, PA for several years where he was the Director of Chester Springs Library. His interests and meager talents run the gamut from playing racquetball or rugby and watching college football to playing the drums, reading dry history books, and going to the cinema. In high school, he had the rare distinction of being the only member of both the football team and chess club.

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