Salinas, CA – Mayor Joe Gunter, Councilwoman Gloria De LA Rosa, City Manger Roy Corpuz, and other project leaders gathered today to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new El Gabilan Library for the City of Salinas.   The new  Library is planned as a safe, welcoming space for all ages to learn, meet family and friends, and participate in a range of activities. At 21,000 square feet, it will be six times bigger than the one it replaces, which opened in 1967.

Among other features, the Library will house:

  • A reading area, children’s story time area, and teen area
  • Meeting rooms and classrooms
  • Study space
  • A digital studio and a makerspace
  • A community room with kitchenette and storage
  • An Internet café
  • A second floor reading deck
  • A backyard with exterior gardens, patios, and outdoor learning areas.

“We’re so excited to break ground on a new library for North Salinas,” said Cary Ann Siegfried, Director of Libraries and Community Services. “Public libraries are the center of the community, places where our residents can come together to engage and learn from one another. This is truly a new chapter for library services in Salinas.”

The new El Gabilan Branch Library is a $21 million project for the City of Salinas that will replace the existing 50-year old facility with a two-story, 21,076 square foot building that includes a spacious main lobby, an internet café, a tech maker space, and of course, library circulation faculties.  The new library is designed with a community focus that features an outdoor children’s zone, a teen area, homework help area and an outdoor patio and amphitheater.  Parking for staff and members of the public is also included in the design for the project.

Construction on the project is expected to take 16 months and will begin in July of 2018.  Construction completion is scheduled for November of 2019.

Project Partners

Public Partner/Tenant: City of Salinas

Finance Partner/On-Behalf of Owner: Public Facilities Group

Developer: Griffin Structures, Inc. (as Griffin Swinerton)

Architect: Anderson Brule Architects

General Contractor: Swinerton Builders (as Griffin Swinerton)