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Community Culture and Safety

Thank you, Boulder voters, for approving a renewal of the Community, Culture and Safety Tax for capital improvements!

On Nov. 7, 2017, Boulder voters approved two ballot measures to extend the Community, Culture and Safety (CCS) Tax for Capital Improvements. This four-year extension of the 0.3 temporary sales tax (originally approved in 2014) will fund several important city facilities and infrastructure projects. It will also provide matching funds for several community nonprofit facilities.

We’re pleased to announce that a new North Boulder Branch Library is one of the projects that will be funded by the 2017 CCS Tax!

Project description

The new North Boulder Branch Library will be a full-service branch library facility with community meeting space and room for partner organizations.  It will be a place in north Boulder where the community can get books, attend programs, and come together.  BPL is also excited to have the opportunity to increase outreach to underserved community members, as the new library will be in close proximity to some of Boulder’s most diverse neighborhoods.


Total estimated cost: $6,700,000

Amount funded through CCS Tax: $5,000,000


The 2007 Library Master Plan specifically identified the need to open a full-service library in north Boulder. This is also a priority goal in the updated Library Master Plan, currently in draft form.  Project planning phases include: preliminary planning, architect selection, site selection, community outreach, design,  cost estimation, bidding, and construction.


Preliminary planning began in 2018.  Outreach to the community is anticipated to begin Summer of 2018. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2020. The new North Boulder Branch Library is expected to open in late 2020 or early 2021.

Operating cost impacts

Annual operating costs are estimated to start at $350,000 and will require an addition of ongoing funding to the Boulder Public Library operating budget. A request for these operating funds will be made during the 2019 or 2020 City of Boulder budget process.


This project page will be updated as new information becomes available.  If you have questions, please contact Antonia Gaona, project coordinator, at [email protected].

Community Engagement Sessions

The community met the architects, heard about the project, and provided us with input during 3 sessions, Friday, August 3 at NoBo Art District’s First Friday, Saturday, August 4, at Amante and Bacco and Monday, August 6 at the North Boulder Library Project Open House at Boulder Main Library.

Download the Presentation Boards from the Community Engagement Meetings.