Friends of Ocean Beach Library Want Your Feedback on New Design

by on October 29, 2019 · 12 comments

in Ocean Beach

The Friends of the Ocean Beach Library want you! Or more accurately, they want your feedback and input on the new design for the expansion of the library.

So, check out the (really) rough-draft floor plan. What would you change, add or subtract?

A second floor cannot be added.

If you do have some feedback, please drop it by the OB Library, attention Laura Dennison. If you have questions or need more info, call or text or email Laura: 858-255-0053 or

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

John Humm October 29, 2019 at 2:44 pm

Omit the outdoor patio. You’ve already got enough homeless begging outside the front door. This will just attract more and make it less desirable for those actually wanting to use the library.


Christo K October 29, 2019 at 7:50 pm

Eliminate the 4 computers on the east wall.

Having kids run the homeless gauntlet past the computers to the kids area is unacceptable.


Debbie October 29, 2019 at 8:44 pm

Yes, get rid of the patio. If people want to sit outside they can visit one of the local establishments, parks, etc. How about an area for the display and storage of OB Historical books, articles, pictures etc. so they have a forever home


Laura Dennison October 29, 2019 at 9:13 pm

Oh, thank you so much for the feedback! and thank you Frank and the OB Rag for getting the word out!! We are so lucky here in OB. I absolutely love this place. The good, the unusual and the messy! It is such a great community!


Frank Gormlie October 30, 2019 at 6:41 am

Dear reader: please only make constructive comments and indicate whether you live in OB and have ever visited this historic library.


duane October 30, 2019 at 10:40 am

Is this the current plan? I think there was a much nicer architectural plan several years ago. This “plan” looks like an amateur’s sketch. Does this layout increase or decrease the children’s area? In my opinion, the children’s area should be increased and the homeless areas should be decreased. This sketch does not show parking areas or property lines or how a community room could be separated from the library users.

p.s. I have lived nearby and used the library for 40+ years.


Vern October 30, 2019 at 12:36 pm

Architects Hanna Gabriel Wells (on Bacon Street at Santa Monica) apparently did initial designs. Maybe they have initial designs on display at their office?
City of SD website has a blurb about it.


Peter from South O October 30, 2019 at 1:46 pm

Ooooo! Didn’t they do the OB People’s Market building?


Vern October 30, 2019 at 2:06 pm

They did.


Natalee Flores October 30, 2019 at 12:38 pm

No opinion on patio or computer area. I just went for the DVDs. I still have a $40 library fine at this location, I will pay it! I’m sorry. Lol.

My current local library has been hosting really cool activities in their conference rooms. D&D. Sewing. Try a new musical instrument day. Fic and non-fiction book clubs. Library is legit fun.

Two thumbs up for large room.


Melinda October 31, 2019 at 11:59 am

I suggest looking at some of the other library projects that have recently been completed, are underway, or are planned for ideas on improving our library. I’ll get my feedback to the Friends soon.


Mindy Pellissier November 7, 2019 at 5:10 pm

Friends of the OB Library need a larger space (for storage & sales) Preferably near the front entrance (see Mission Valley Lib).
Make space/room for OB Historical Society including for displays & exhibits.
Have shelf front & center for “New, Best Sellers, Staff Recommends” books/DVDs, perhaps instead of guard desk.
Not enough detail with this sketch. Need to see Hanna Gabriel Wells original design.
Where is plan for 2nd floor of new bldg.?
Need a detailed list of amenities/improvements with new plan/design. If going from 4,600 sq. feet to 15,000 square feet how many more volumes/books/newspapers, how many more computers for public use, how many more shelves, sq. feet for children/teens, for story telling, study/tutoring areas, and ADA improvements.
I’m a 30+ year OB resident, lifetime member of Friends of the OB Library, and retired after 15 years on OB Planning Board


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