Campus: San Jose State University -- April 25, 2003
Unique Partnership Brings New King Library To
San Josť State University and the San Josť Public Library Foundation
Launch Combined Community Fundraising Campaign
In an April 23 ceremony, San José State University and the San
José Public Library announced the completion of construction
for the new Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Library and the successful partnership
of the two institutions. The first collaboration of its kind in the
country, the new King Library will serve the students and faculty of
San José State University and the entire San José community,
creating a resource center that will be the hub of the public library
"The new King Library will be a true center for life-long learning
and adventure. There is something for everyone," said Patricia
Senn Breivik, Dean, University Library.
Also at the ceremony, Robert L. Caret, president of SJSU, thanked donors
for the more than $8 million in private gifts made to the new King Library
Campaign; and Jan Fox, president of the San José Public Library
Foundation, announced the launch of the "Be Part of YOUR Library"
combined community campaign. Donations to the campaign will fund technology
upgrades and purchases, collection enhancements and building furnishings
for the new King Library and newly constructed or expanded branch libraries
throughout the city. Approximately two new libraries will be built and
open every year for the next eight years.
With a main library, bookmobile and network of 17 existing neighborhood
branch libraries, SJPL has more than half a million cardholders and
enjoys over 100,000 visits per week. Visits are up 65 percent in the
last three years.
"The new Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library belongs to every resident,
neighborhood, and organization in San Jose," said District 3 Councilmember
Cindy Chavez. "This is an incredible community resource and I'm
inspired by the partnerships that led to its creation and the generous
demonstrations of support that continue even in these economically-challenging
The newest branch, West Valley, will open this May of this year and
construction has begun on both the Tully Road and Vineland Branches.
New or totally renovated branch libraries will offer patrons increased
seating capacity, technology centers with more computers, enhanced community
space and increased collections.
"San José's public library is on the verge of being the
most dynamic library system in the country, taking its place alongside
other big city library systems. We are transforming ourselves in response
to the real needs of our community," said Jane Light, library director
of the San José Public Library.
The San José State University Library has provided critical materials
and research to educate generations of leaders and innovators in Silicon
Valley. The new Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library will ensure that
this tradition continues. The new Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
will provide students, faculty and the community access to the information
they need for educational and personal growth throughout their lives.
For more information on San José State University, on the King
Library or on the "Be Part of YOUR Library," see www.newkinglibrary.org.
The San José Public Library Foundation is a non-profit organization
that provides advocacy, financial support and innovative leadership
to transform San José's public libraries into vibrant learning
centers. Private funds raised through the San José Public Library
Foundation complement the City's annual allocation. They are funds that
enable new initiatives, new ideas, and new resources for the San José
Public Library. For more information on the foundation or on the "Be
Part of YOUR Library" campaign, see www.sjpl.lib.ca.us/Foundation.
Contacts: Caroline Punches, San José State University
Library, 408–924-1474, firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle Mann, San José Public Library Foundation, 650-996-6590,