Center for 21st Century Skills and Learning

Dublin Library
Virginia S. Bennett Room
Center for the 21st Century Skills and Learning

In partnership with Alameda County Library, the City of Dublin constructed improvements in the Dublin Library to create a unique multi-function space.  The construction was completed in Fall 2016.  The newly renovated space has become a multipurpose learning center where the Library offers digital story time, gaming, coding classes, music and movement, arts programs, and classes for all ages.

The new space was named for

Virginia Smith Bennett

(1909-2000), Dublin Library's first Children's Librarian and Branch Manager.  Mrs. Bennett started her Dublin Library career in 1965.  During her 14 years of service in Dublin (1965-79), she championed the growth of the Library from the 2,240-square foot "Little Dublin" on Vomac Road to "Big Dublin," a 6,200-square foot leased facility located on Village Parkway, to "Deluxe Dublin," the first permanent facility built on Amador Valley Boulevard.  In addition to enhancing library space for Dublin residents, Mrs. Bennett, alongside the Friends of the Dublin Library, helped the passage of Measure N in 1974, which established a special tax to support the construction of the library on Amador Valley Boulevard, which opened in 1979.  Through this change, the Dublin Library's volume of books, periodicals, and audio-visual materials grew from 5,000 to 50,000 pieces.  She also authored a history book on Dublin, entitled Dublin Reflections and bits of valley history.

Fast Facts

Size of Addition: 1,432 square feet
Total Library Space: Previously, the Dublin Library occupied 29,945 square feet; after completion of this project, total occupied space is now 31,409 square feet.
Technology: A video wall and sound system enables the library to offer virtual Town Halls, live streaming of current events, and multi-media programs, including movies, music, and virtual classrooms.
Furnishings: New furniture includes lightweight tables and chairs, easily reconfigured to accommodate different needs from small group learning to assembly style for special events.
Construction Cost: $424,000 (180,000 to be provided by City of Dublin)
Funding: Architectural services, project management, and construction was funded by the City of Dublin.  Furnishings and technology were funded by the Alameda County Library.
Architect: Marana Chow, Bull Stockwell Allen
Contractor: A&E Emaar Company

For more information, please contact Rosemary Alex, Parks and Facilities Development Coordinator at 925-833-6646 or via email.