Public Libraries & Public Spaces
Together, public libraries and public spaces form the cornerstone of a thriving community, promoting social cohesion, education, and the overall quality of life. See how Measure C has help to fund these cherished public assets and learn more about their enduring impact on community well-being.
The 21st Century Library and Community Learning Center opened in September 2019. The 58,000-square-foot building has a LEED-certified rating of Platinum from the U.S. Green Building Council and houses 50 percent more materials, 53 computers for public use, community meeting rooms, tech classrooms and a Makerspace.
Recognized with a design award by the American Society of Landscape Architects, Heritage Plaza encompasses an entire City block and is home to 40 species of rare and mature trees, a 25,000-square-foot central lawn, an 11,000-square-foot paved plaza and art pieces speaking to the rich experiences and cultures of our diverse Hayward community.
The new downtown library and Heritage Plaza host an array of programs and events, including homework and tech support, children’s times, adult and teen programs, English as a second Language (ESL) classes, citizenship classes, diaper giveaways, community celebrations and much more.
Document, Photo, and Video Archive:
Curated collection of government documents, photographs, news articles and audiovisual content that capture the history of the 21st Century Library and Heritage Plaza.
January 25, 2022 - City Council Meeting
Adopt a Resolution Authorizing the City Manager to Accept and Appropriate $20,000 in Grant Funding from the National Endowment for the Arts for Heritage Plaza Art Pieces RECOMMENDATION
January 18, 2022 - City Council Meeting
Adopt a Resolution Authorizing the City Manager to Accept and Appropriate $15,000 from the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. to Support the Purchase of a Lactation Pod for the Downtown Library
March 23, 2021 - City Council Meeting
Adopt Resolutions Authorizing the City Manager to Increase the Consultant and Construction Contracts for the 21st Century Library - Heritage Plaza Project and Appropriate Funds
October 28, 2020 - Council Infrastructure Committee Meeting
Update on the Hayward 21st Century Library and Community Learning Center Improvement Project
July 09, 2019 - City Council Meeting
21st Century Library and Community Learning Center and Heritage Plaza: Public Contract Code § 4107 Hearing Regarding Removal and Substitution of the Electrical Subcontractor, Collins Electrical Company, Inc (Report from Public Works Director Ameri and City Attorney Lawson) (Continued from July 16, 2019)
July 02, 2019 - City Council Meeting
Adopt a Resolution to Appropriate $30,000 Towards Public Heritage Art and Interpretive Signage and Receive an Update on Hayward Heritage Plaza Construction
June 25, 2019 - City Council Meeting
Approve a Resolution Updating the FY 2020 Master Fee Schedule with New Fees and Charges in the Maintenance Services Section Related to Facility Rentals in City Hall and the 21st Century Library and Learning Center and Accept the Proposed Changes to the Maintenance Services Section of the FY 2020 Master Fee Schedule
May 14, 2019 - City Council Meeting
Authorize Amendment to Resolution 18-091 to Appropriate an Additional $398,512 in Grant Funds to the 21st Century Library and Community Learning Center and Heritage Plaza Arboretum Project and Authorize the City Manager to Increase the T.B. Penick & Sons, Inc. Contract Amount to $52,948,512
July 10, 2018 - City Council Meeting
Heritage Plaza, 21st Century Library - Overview and Refresher of the Heritage Plaza Restoration and Construction Project Plans and Specifications
December 18, 2017 - Library Commission Meeting
21st Century Library Transition and Operating Plan
August 21, 2017 - Library Commission Meeting
Report: 21st Century Library Furnishing Package
May 02, 2017 - City Council Meeting
Review of 21st Century Library and Community Learning Center Staffing Considerations (Report from Library and Community Services Director Reinhart) (Report will be available on Monday, May 1, 2017)
January 26, 2016 - City Council Meeting
Authorization for the City Manager to Execute Professional Services Agreements for Structural Art Installations in the 21st Century Library; and Proposed Next Steps in the 21st Century Library Public Art Process Including Selection of Display Artworks and the Identification of a Local Partner or Partners to Operate the Community Galleries
December 15, 2015 - City Council Meeting
Authorization for the City Manager to Execute Professional Services Agreements with Lordy Rodriguez, Rob Ley, Kana Tanaka, and We Are Matik for Structural Art Installations in the 21st Century Library
September 15, 2015 - City Council Meeting
21st Century Library and Community Learning Center and Heritage Plaza Arboretum - Approval of Addenda and Award of Construction Contract
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July 25, 2023—The Downtown Hayward Library Becomes a Certified Leed Platinum Building, Showcasing The City's Commitment to Sustainability and Innovation
Last month, the City of Hayward was officially awarded the prestigious LEED Platinum certification for the 21st Century Library and Community Learning Center located in Downtown Hayward.
December 13, 2022—Hayward Public Library Diaper Distribution Program
Hayward Public Library and local agencies are teaming up to help families struggling with rising costs by offering free diaper kits the second Thursday of the month through June 8, 2023.
September 13, 2022—Hayward Public Library Opens Breastfeeding and Pumping Station
Hayward Public Library opened its new free-standing Breastfeeding and Pumping Station at the Downtown Library with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Aug. 6.
January 11, 2022—A Reckoning With Historical Wrongs in 2021—And A New Space to Celebrate Cultural Heritage And Diversity
The City of Hayward acknowledged historical wrongs and celebrated its cultural heritage in 2021 with an apology for its past role in racial discrimination and with the opening of the new Heritage Plaza across from the new downtown public library.
July 13, 2021—Heritage Plaza Commemoration and Grand Opening July 17
The City and Hayward community will commemorate and celebrate the opening of the new Heritage Plaza on Saturday, July 17, with presentations, entertainment and a green ribbon cutting to mark the location’s cultural importance and future as a civic gathering and events space.
May 11, 2021—Hayward Public Library Now Open with HPL Express Walk-in Service and Safety Protocols
Hayward Public Library reopened on May 3 with a new limited walk-in service called HPL Express that allows members of the public to enter the downtown branch during two-hour, limited capacity sessions provided they observe all COVID-19 safety protocols.
April 27, 2021—Hayward Public Library Reopens May 3 with HPL Express Walk-in Service, Safety Protocols
Hayward Library Director Jayanti Addleman announced today the downtown branch of Hayward Public Library (HPL) will reopen to the public for limited walk-in services on Monday, May 3.
October 13, 2020—Artist sought for Japanese American Commemorative Artwork
The City of Hayward is inviting applications from artists to design and construct a companion artwork to a Japanese American commemorative marker to be installed in the new Hayward Heritage Plaza.
February 11, 2020—Hayward to Commission New Heritage Plaza Artwork Honoring Ohlone Nation
Bay Area and California artists are invited to apply for a commission for artwork honoring the Ohlone Nation, past and present, for inclusion in a newly constructed Heritage Plaza at C and Mission streets across from the new downtown Hayward Public Library.
January 14, 2020—Year in Review: A Stunning New Library Opened
Hayward’s new 21st Century Library and Community Learning Center opened its doors for regular operations and a community open house on Sept. 14.
September 13, 2019—Hayward's New Main Library Opens to Public on Saturday with Community Open House
Hayward’s new 21st Century Library and Community Learning Center will open its doors for regular operations and a community open house at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 14.
August 14, 2019—Hayward's New Downtown Library to Open for Regular Operations Sept. 14
Hayward’s new 21st Century Library and Community Learning Center will open its doors for regular operations and a community open house at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14.
April 09, 2019—New Library Opening Anticipated By Late June
After a brief work stoppage, construction is back on track and nearing completion on the Hayward new main library—with the building anticipated to open to the public for regular operations before summer.
March 25, 2019—Construction of new main library nears completion with June opening anticipated
After a brief work stoppage, construction is back on track and nearing completion on the Hayward new main library with the building anticipated to open to the public for regular operations before summer.
October 23, 2018—Grand Opening Celebration And Dedication Ceremony To Cheer Near Completion of Hayward's New Main Public Library
The City of Hayward will open the doors of its nearly completed 21st Century Library and Community Learning Center on Saturday as part of a grand opening celebration and dedication ceremony that will pay tribute to the life of César Chávez.
October 23, 2018—Library Dedication Ceremony
The City of Hayward will open temporarily the doors of its nearly completed 21st Century Library and Community Learning Center on Saturday for a grand opening celebration and dedication ceremony that will pay tribute to the life of César Chávez.
October 09, 2018—Library Grand Opening and Dedication Ceremony Scheduled for Oct. 27
The City of Hayward will hold a public grand opening and dedication ceremony for the new 21st Century Library and Community Learning Center at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, followed by tours and fun activities for all ages.
August 21, 2018—Transition from Old to New Main Library Announced
The City of Hayward will close permanently its old Main Library at the end of business on Saturday, Sept. 1, to begin the transition into and prepare to open its new 21st Century Library and Community Learning Center.
October 21, 2015—Hayward Breaks Groundon New Library, Heritage Plaza
On October 3, 2015, several hundred community members and dignitaries gathered in Municipal Parking Lot #10 on the corner of C Street and Mission Boulevard to celebrate the ground breaking for Hayward’s 21st Century Library and Heritage Plaza project.
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September 08, 2021—Japanese American Memorial Marker Unveiling
October 27, 2018—21st Century Library Dedication Celebration Photos
October 03, 2015—21st Century Library and Heritage Plaza Project Ground Breaking
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