The Lompoc Public Library has received a Building Forward Grant from the California State Library that will enable significant building improvements at the main library branch, including a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system.
The library’s current HVAC system is about 20 years old, with no air conditioning and poor circulation.
The grant from the California State Library is for $403,442, and the city of Lompoc is providing an additional $201,721 toward the improvement projects.
In addition to providing a new HVAC system for the library at 501 North Ave., the funding will be used to renovate the youth restrooms at the main branch, and make the restrooms that are original to the building compliant with the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) act.
Both projects are expected to take place in 2023.
Over the past two years, the library has made a number of improvements including installing new carpeting, furniture, and most recently, energy-efficient lighting, giving a much-needed update to the 1969 facility.
“The Lompoc Library is grateful for this grant from the California State Library that will improve the quality of our library building, making the facility more welcoming and comfortable for the community,” said Sarah Bleyl, Lompoc Library director.