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Where should Riverside build a new Eastside library?

By in Press Enterprise on July 17, 2017

By Alicia Robinson

With the lease for Riverside’s Eastside library branch set to expire in 2019, officials are set to discuss potential sites to build a new facility.

The Spc. Jesus S. Duran Eastside Library has been in leased space in a shopping center on Chicago Avenue just south of University Avenue since 2004. It’s the smallest of the city’s eight libraries but also one of the busiest.

Five locations suggested by city staff are Central Avenue near the 215, at the southeast corner of the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness Park, and three spots on University Avenue, at either Iowa, Ottowa or Park avenues.

The City Council has set aside money to help find a site, but it is unknown how much a new library would cost and funding for construction has not been identified.

The Riverside library trustees meet at 5 p.m. Monday, July 24, in the auditorium at the Main Library, 3581 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside.

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