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This guide provides basic information about the 2014-15 renovation of the Foothill Library.

Project Alerts

During renovation, the Library will be located in Building 3600 (former Media Center).

3600 map

Spring Hours
Mon. – Thur. 8 a.m. – 7 p.m
Fri. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Closed Sat. & Sun.


Library resources and services will continue to be available EXCEPT:

  • Individual and group study areas will be significantly reduced in the temporary facility from 475 seats to 25.
  • Audiobooks will be in storage for the duration of the renovation
  • Student printing will not be available in the library’s temporary location but in other locations around campus, including the relocated Media Center in Room 5941 in the Temporary Village.


Ask a Librarian

Reference Desk
(650) 949-7608

Circulation & Reserve
(650) 949-7611

Media Center
(650) 949-7445

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Library Remodel Overview

The Foothill Library (Building 3500) will close July 7, 2014 for major renovations and will move to the the former Media Center (Bulding 3600) for the 2014-2015 academic year.

When the Library reopens in Fall 2015 (tentative), you will have a library for the 21st century, featuring
  • A brand-new modern look
  • A learning commons with state-of-the art technology
  • Improved individual study areas
  • More group study rooms
  • Additional electrical outlets
  • Better lighting, heating, and air conditioning and a roof that doesn’t leak when it rains!

Project Vision Statement

The Foothill College Library and Learning Resources Center occupies a primary place for intellectual discovery, knowledge dissemination, and academic learning. The LLRC through its quality instructional collections, variety of services, and well-trained staff directly supports the College’s mission to provide a superb educational environment for its community of learners.

Critical to this vision is a facility capable of providing the learning infrastructure and physical spaces required for higher education in the 21st Century. The LLRC facility must encompass yesterday’s knowledge and today’s information in a building designed around the nexus of knowledge-based collections, access technologies, and services that support learning.

College LLRC’s have traditionally been viewed symbolically and physically as the heart of the institution. Recognition of its centrality to the educational endeavor at Foothill College requires a project that is informed by both the College’s traditions and its promise to the future. The following common ideas, concerns and themes have guided the planning efforts:

Project Core Values

  • The LLRC is a student/learner centered place
  • Promotes teaching and learning
  • Supports individual and collaborative learning and a variety of study/learning modes
  • Integrates technology and design
  • Provides flexibility, with focus on the future

Image/Message to Community

  • Inviting and welcoming
  • Social and intellectual hub
  • The campus “Living Room”

Campus Context

  • Responds to and integrates well with existing campus architecture
  • Improves integration of Library, Tutorial and Media Services
  • Improves integration of outdoor and indoor spaces

Architectural Features

  • The LLRC should be open and transparent
  • Provides clear building organization and improved flow
  • Creates a place that is warm, inviting, comfortable, and vibrant
  • Provides ample opportunities for exhibit and display
  • Maximizes access to technology (computer/learning commons)
  • Dedicated café supports living room feel and promotes use of the LLRC by the community as a stand-alone rental opportunity
  • Provides quality durable furnishings, that can be easily reconfigured


  • Improves energy efficiency of building
  • Maximizes natural daylighting throughout