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In August 1990 the Library Board of Trustees adopted a long range plan for Library service to the year 2005. The need for additional space to house the 120,000 volume collection and growing technology needs was documented in a space needs survey completed in 1992. In 1994, a Library Building Committee, appointed by the City Council, selected William Turnbull Associates as architects to create a conceptual design for expanding and renovating the Library.

Also in 1994, MARINet, a consortium of public libraries in Marin, including Mill Valley, Sausalito, San Rafael, and the Marin County Free Library, was formed. Supported by a second grant from the Marin Community Foundation, MARINet produced and made available an on-line public access catalog of the collective Library holdings. Meanwhile, the conceptual design for renovating and expanding the Library was approved by the Planning Commission in January 1995.

A bond measure for $4.6 million was passed by 74% of Mill Valley voters in 1996 and construction began in September 1997 to build a 9,000 square foot addition and to renovate the 18,000 square foot existing Library. A private fundraising campaign, named "Beyond the Bond", raised over $470,000 in 1997 to furnish and equip the facility.

Two Internet access workstations were made available to the public in the spring of 1997. Library staff have scrambled to keep pace with information services technology and the transition from traditional Library service to one including rapidly changing technological formats and services. The Library closed for the summer of 1998 to complete the renovation and make street improvements. Grand Re-opening celebrations were planned for Labor Day weekend 1998. With the reopening of the Library, there are 14 public Internet workstations in addition to 11 online catalog workstations.
Mill Valley's Library at Old Mill Park.
(Photo by Ben Wildman Architectural Photography)
A reader relaxing in the Mill Valley Public Library.
In 1991, after a decade of political deterioration and demands for independence from Eastern European Soviet satellites, the Russian Republic itself demanded its own independence, and the Soviet Union dissolved along with its "Iron Curtain."

There was an explosion of information and its availability via the Internet.
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