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On May 14th, the Santa Cruz City Council voted to put a hold on the decision to proceed with a Downtown Library Mixed Use Project and convene a council subcommittee to investigate library project alternatives, in collaboration with Library staff and the interested community, and return with a recommendation to the larger council no later than October 2019.

 Watch the May 14th Council meeting here and read the agenda report here

Subcommittee Work Plan: 

The Council Subcommittee is still working on the work plan. Below is a tentative outline of meeting dates for the subcommittee. A meeting recap will be available here following each meeting. 


June 19th, 4pm

Discussion of Library Needs. Meeting will include a presentation from DLAC and discussion with community stakeholder groups. More information available here

View Meeting Recap & Audio

Canceled: July 23rd

Meeting Canceled due to scheduling conflicts.


Aug. 6th, 4pm



Aug. 20th, 4:30pm



Aug. 29th, 4:30pm



Sept. 17th, 4:30pm



Sept. 26th, 4:30pm

Tentative date/time


Oct. 3rd, 4:30pm

Tentative date/time





The Council Subcommittee is setting up office hours to meet with stakeholder groups. Each stakeholder group with be given one (1) 20-minute session to meet with the Council Subcommittee members. Please email staff to request a time slot. Slots will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. 

Current available office hour time slots:

  • June 24th 12:00-12:10 pm - Affordable Housing Now 
  • June 24th 12:10-12:30 pm -Smart Solutions to Homelessness
  • June 24th 12:30-12:50 pm - Downtown Branch Librarians 
  • June 24th 12:50-1:10 pm - Downtown Commons Advocates
  • June 24th 1:10-1:30 pm -Campaign for Sensible Transportation
  • June 24th 1:30-1:50 pm - SCC Business Council & SCC Chamber
  • June 24th 1:50-2:10 pm -COPA Housing Team
  • June 24th 2:10-2:30 pm -Downtown Association
  • June 24th 2:30-2:50 pm -Don't Bury the Library
  • June 24th 2:50-3:10 pm -Downtown Library Advisory Committee
  • June 24th 3:10-3:30 pm -Friends of the Library

We will continue to update this page with additional time slots as they become available.