Mesa County Libraries buys land for branch location

Mesa County Libraries has completed the purchase of 5 acres along F Road in the Grand Valley for a future library branch location.

The land, located at 3180 F Road, is expected to become the home of the Clifton branch library.

“We know that the Clifton branch is undersized to adequately serve the population in that part of Mesa County,” said Mesa County Libraries Director Joseph Sanchez. “We’ve been looking for a new location that would be easily accessible for patrons, affordable for the library district and suitable for construction of a new branch. We believe we’ve found that location with the F Road site.”

The purchase price for the property was $225,000. Money for the purchase came from library district funds.

Plans for a new library building at the F Road location are in their infancy, and no details have been decided. There is no firm timeline for construction.

The current Clifton branch, located 590 32 Road, occupies 5,400 square feet of leased space. A five-year lease on the property expires in 2019, but the library can stay longer on a month-to-month basis.

The Clifton branch serves 8,500 to 9,000 visitors a month. About 13,000 items are checked out or renewed each month there.

Those numbers make the Clifton branch the second busiest of the eight Mesa County Libraries locations, behind only the central library location in Grand Junction.