Library system improvements project

Young female student studying at the library

​We want to hear from you! Belle Haven Library survey


The City of Menlo Park is planning a new branch library to replace the old Belle Haven branch library. We’re reaching out to Menlo Park residents for your input. Please take a few minutes to complete the following survey. Your responses will help us better understand community needs, wishes and preferences for a new branch library. Thank you!

Take the survey

¡Queremos su opinion! Encuesta sobre la Biblioteca de Belle Haven

La ciudad de Menlo Park planifica construir una biblioteca nueva para remplazar la biblioteca vieja de Belle Haven. Queremos la opinión de los residentes de Menlo Park. Por favor tome unos minutos para contestar la siguiente encuesta. Sus respuestas nos ayudaran a comprender las necesidades, los deseos, y las preferencias de la comunidad para construir una biblioteca nueva. ¡Muchas Gracias!

Tome nuestra encuesta

Community meeting

October 5, 2019, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Community meeting #2 at the Belle Haven Branch Library focused on next steps for a new branch library in Belle Haven.

Childcare, translation services, and light refreshments will be provided at this workshop. For questions, please contact Assistant Library Services Director Nick Szegda.

The September 5, 2019, Community Meeting presentation slides are available for review. The September 5, 2019, Community Meeting notes are also available.

Next steps


  • September 2019 - Citywide survey released
  • September 2019 - Pop-up activities throughout the neighborhood focused on collaboratively developing siting criteria
  • October 5, 2019 - Community Meeting #2, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Belle Haven Branch Library

​Public meetings


  • September 5, 2019, 6 p.m. - Community meeting #1 at the Senior Center focused on collaboratively identifying siting criteria. Presentation slides are available.
  • September 16, 2019, 6: 30 p.m. - Library Commission meeting at the branch library. The Commission will hear an initial report on the site evaluation criteria that emerged at the focus group sessions, pop-up events, and the first community meeting
  • October 5, 2019, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Community meeting #2 at the Belle Haven branch library focused on next steps for a new branch library in Belle Haven.
During the conceptual design phase we will work to develop:
  1. Preliminary illustrations of a new branch library
  2. Siting options
  3. Estimated costs for a new branch library
  4. Funding mechanisms
There will be multiple opportunities for residents to get involved. Your input is encouraged and welcomed - we need to hear from you! Watch this page for information about how you can get involved. 

Belle Haven Library Space Needs Study - Complete


The City Council reviewed and accepted the completed Belle Haven Space Needs Assessment at their April 16, 2019, meeting. Thank you to all of the community members and stakeholders who gave their time and their valuable insights throughout the process.

Library Commission


The Library Commission will continue to review  and provide input throughout the Library System Improvements Project. The Commission meets on the third Monday of each month.

Belle Haven Neighborhood Library Advisory Committee


The Library Needs Assessment for the Belle Haven Neighborhood is complete. The Belle Haven Neighborhood Library Advisory Committee was formed to assist throughout the process.
Belle Haven Final Space Needs Study cover image