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Help Us Build Our New Library

How to Increase Program and Meeting Space

Thank you to all of our donors and supporters who have contributed to The Commons Foundation efforts during the last 3 years.
The Commons Foundation’s mission is to fund, build and sustain the new Larkspur public library. Your contribution today can help us address cost challenges as the building goes from concept, to design, to construction project in 2023-2025.
If you’re thinking about holiday gift giving, what could be a better gift than a tax-deductible donation towards a new Larkspur Library which will transform our community for generations to come?
Please let us know if you can offer your support with a donation in cash, stock, a RMD from a retirement fund, from your Donor Advised Fund, or a pledge payable by 2024.
Thank you for your continued support. This library is for you!

The New Library

Based on the City’s state grant application and available funds on 12/31/22:
  • 6,845 Square Foot (SF) library – based on size of existing library in City Hall
  • At least 20 parking spaces
  • Outdoor meeting space
  • LEED Silver Design
  • The new facility will be fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and will be Age-Friendly.

Schedule/Progress

  • Council Discussions and Votes Q422
    • 10/22 City retains Kitchell Capital Expenditure Managers Inc.  for $1.4 million project manager contract.
    • 10/22 City Council adds an $11.2 million Larkspur Library project to the city capital improvements program budget.
  • TCF Fundraising
    • 11/22 TCF meets $5M goal, continues fundraising to increase size and quality of library building.
  • Design 2023
  • Construction 2024-6
  • Opening 2026

Funding:

  • 12/31/22 Total Funds for City’s Design-Build RFP
    • $5M+ TCF Cash and Pledges
    • Plus $5.2M State Grant
    • Plus $232,582 City funds
  • $10.4 M+ Project not including $1 M Assembly Member Levine Grant. The Assembly Member Levine State grant received in 2021 will be used for site infrastructure (parking lot, underground utilities, and site preparation).
  • TCF Funds in excess of $5.25M will go to increasing the size and quality of the library. Our goal is to raise funds to increase program and community space in the new building.
  • TCF funds that arrive after 12/31/22 will not be included in the Request For Proposals (RFP). They can be used for the building, furnishings and other needs within the new library or exterior areas.
  • Note: The final grant request translates to more than $1,500 per square foot.  City staff is of the opinion that the project can be designed within a cost range of $1,000 to $1,300 per square foot. *Source: City of Larkspur