Our library building was not always a library... and our library has moved around town over the years.
The First Library
The very first Scotts Valley Library opened in 1953 when members of the Scotts Valley Community Club staffed a demonstration library to show the need for a permanent, tax-supported public library. It was located at Camp Evers, on the corner of Scotts Valley Drive and Mt. Hermon Road. The group's volunteer efforts were successful and a permanent library was established at the Camp Evers site. It remained there until 1985.
Photo Credit: Vern Hart Photography
From 1985 to 2011, the Scotts Valley Library was located in the back corner of Kings Village Shopping Center, in space 230-D (now occupied by a chiropractic studio).
The community quickly outgrew the space and plans began to create a much larger, modern library. That's when the Friends of the Scotts Valley Library was born.
An Airport Next Door
The Skypark housing complex, soccer fields, and playground were once a small airport called (surprise!) Sky Park.
It opened in 1947 and served as a training facility for pilots under the GI bill. The airport stopped operations in 1983.
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Instead of building a brand-new library from scratch, the library planners decided to repurpose an existing building and chose the Scotts Valley Roller Palace as their new library home. This allowed them to create a library four times larger than its predecessor.
Photo credit: Santa Cruz Library collection, courtesy of Janis O'Driscoll.
Transformed Skating Rink
In June 2011, the new library was opened to the public. The former skating rink was transformed into a light-filled space with an open, flowing floor plan. The design included several meeting rooms, a stunning outdoor patio (furnished by the Friends), fun teen and children’s areas, and a variety of intimate seating areas and workstations.
Photo credit: Group4
Our Next Chapter
The library rebuild project, part of the Measure S Santa Cruz Public Library bond measure, allocated $ 3.75 million to upgrade our library: Upgrades include:
New roof (no more leaks!)
New HVAC system
Interior sound abatement
New customer service desk
New carpeting, new computers & new furnishings
Exterior facelift & new landscaping
The remodeled library reopened August 6, 2022.
photo credits: Michele Mize