A New Leaf

When we set out to design a groundbreaking new library for Hayward, our goal was to create a dynamic new facility that would be the right size, the right scope, and the right cost for Hayward.

Good stewardship of public resources was always foremost in our minds. So, while Hayward’s 21st Century Library has many truly innovative features, we were careful to keep the overall project cost below the average project cost of other library construction projects completed in California in the past five years.

Thanks to Hayward voters who in 2014 approved a ½ cent sales tax for the construction, Hayward now has the basic funding needed to build this groundbreaking project. But any truly great civic initiative needs support from all sectors of the community—from private funds as well as public—especially, individuals, foundations, businesses, civic organizations and other community groups.

Opening Day Legacy Collection

The new library’s Opening Day Collection of books and media will total 180,000 items of existing collections and new acquisitions.

But the new building will have room for up to 250,000 total items, creating a unique opportunity for every member of the Hayward community to take part by contributing to the purchase of an additional 70,000 books and media for children and adults.

To help achieve this worthy goal, the Friends of Hayward Library are seeking a Leadership Gift to sponsor the Opening Day Legacy Collection of books. Leadership gifts provide essential funds to purchase books for children and families, and they inspire additional community giving through matching campaigns. 

"A New Leaf" community campaign [COMING SOON]