Temporary Location, New Facility Plans, Donations & More
The City of Porterville is establishing a temporary location for the Porterville Library. The interim location will be at 50 E. Olive Ave., Suite B, between the Grocery Outlet and Dollar Tree. The timeline for opening the interim location is approximated to be near the end of 2021 or beginning of 2022.
New Facility Plans
The City has formed a Library Facility Planning Committee. Committee members and meeting agendas with minutes can be found here, with information for submitting public comments, and a Zoom link to join the next scheduled meeting. Meetings are held on Thursdays (as needed), with the agenda posting on the preceding Friday. Please see the most recent meeting's minutes for the next scheduled meeting.
The Library Facility Needs Assessment report was accepted by City Council on 8/17. View the English Summary here and/or the Spanish Summary here.
Final Needs Assessment Report
On December 15, 2020, City Council authorized staff to pursue the hiring of a consultant who could update the 2009 Library Needs Assessment. On April 6, 2021, City Council authorized the hiring of Penny Hummel Consulting to perform a Library Needs Assessment. The scope of work for the consultant included data gathering and analysis, focus groups, developing and conducting surveys. The finished project is a comprehensive Library Services and Facility Needs Assessment. It was critical to capture the voice of the community throughout the development of the final report and you can read the notes from the ten focus groups and view the survey results.
The Technology Needs Assessment report outlines a preliminary library technology plan for construction. The purpose of the technology program plan is to provide direction and support for new technology integration going forward into the future. You can read the comprehensive technology report.
Due to space limitations, the Porterville Library is not currently accepting donations of physical materials. Monetary donations marked specifically for the Porterville Library can by dropped off at City Hall's Finance window, just inside the South End Main St. entrance (291 N. Main St.).
Volunteers & Community Service Workers
The Porterville Library is has not been accepting Community Service Workers or Volunteers since our normal operations were disrupted. Due to workflow issues and space limitations, all library processing and services are being handled by staff