The Los Gatos community broke ground Monday on a new two-story, 30,000-square-foot library that is set to open in two years.
The library, which cost $18 million, will replace the town's 14,000-square-foot library built in 1966.
The new library will have a children's wing, complete with a celestial ceiling, a dedicated story area, seats at windows decorated with mosaics of recycled plastic, and an outdoor children's garden.
For teens, the library will offer a pop-out "tree house" on the second floor.
History buffs can absorb the town's past in a corner that will look out over the site of a former winery.
Other key features of the new library are a technology lab with 12 computers and ports and a periodical reading room with cozy chairs and a fireplace opening up into an outdoor courtyard nestled against the hill.
Patrons will be greeted by a grand staircase with a two-story translucent wall designed by an artist in the lobby.
Overall the library will have more than 60 computers and ports and energy-saving systems throughout the facility and grounds.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday morning for the new library. Planning for the library began in 2007 and received final approval this year.