Check this out: The city of Menifee partners with Riverside County to open a new library

Sep 8, 2021

Residents in Menifee and the surrounding Riverside County can now check out books, experience learning opportunities, and participate in engaging community events — such as family fun nights — at a new, state-of-the-art library. The project was made possible by a partnership with Riverside County, which provided the rapidly growing, family-friendly community with additional opportunities to access library resources.

The city will add a traffic signal this fiscal year to the library’s major intersection and is providing annual funding for books and other media through its partnership with the county. Local students are excited about the new study spaces and families are happy to have story time programs nearby.

"We are very pleased to welcome this unique and valuable resource for residents,” said Menifee Mayor Bill Zimmerman. “The county's new Menifee Library will be a lifeline to the world and all the information in it. It promises to be a place for self-improvement; [a place for] exploring topics of interest, experiencing art classes, and more, or simply losing ourselves in a wonderful story."

The new building is a modern, 20,000 square foot single-story library that includes amenities that are in high demand for the community. It has private study rooms, a community meeting room, an opportunity room, furniture with plug-in technology, public computers, a teen library, a children’s library space, and a children’s story-time room. The library also includes over 35,000 materials in the collection.

“The new county library in Menifee gives one of California’s fastest growing cities a chance for their citizens to quickly grow their minds and knowledge,” said Riverside County Fifth District Supervisor Jeff Hewitt. “This facility is state of the art and will be the center of so many community groups for years to come.”

Hundreds of residents of all ages attended the July grand opening and ribbon-cutting; they were very excited to welcome the new addition to their community.

“Menifee is a community of lifelong learners who love their library,” said County Librarian Barbara Howison. “Having managed a library in this town many years ago, I am so pleased to see this wonderful new library open to provide resources and services to the growing number of residents.”

The Menifee Library is one of three libraries that were built for the Riverside County Library System through a public-private partnership, which includes Omni West Real Estate, CFP, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., and Cannon Design. The other new libraries are located in Desert Hot Springs and French Valley.

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