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In 1960, the Library's collection contained 37,600 books and annual circulation was 153,454. Momentum began again in the early 1960s for the Community to build a new Library facility. Eighteen special meetings were held by the Library Board that dwelt on the selection of a site and the selection of an architect. In September 1963, the City Council selected the Old Mill Park site of the current Library for new construction despite solid opposition over the use of park lands for a building.

A $325,000 bond election in the following year passed with a 70 percent voter approval. Donn Emmons was chosen as architect ("I have never given more loving care to any project") and Lawrence Halprin was selected to be the landscape architect. In a subsequent decision, Richard O'Hanlon was commissioned to create the sculptured pieces at the Library's entrance.

The groundbreaking for the new Library took place in June 1965, and in August 1966 the old Library building was closed and the present Library was opened. The formal dedication of the new facility took place on 18 September 1966. The new Library building won an award for excellence from the American Institute of Architects in 1968.

Ground breaking ceremonies in June 1965
for the site of current Library at 375 Throckmorton Avenue.
Old Mill Park Library during construction in 1966.

The growth of Mill Valley's community into the 1960s was robust. The 1960 population of 10,000 expanded to 11,000 in 1962 and to 12,000 by 1966. In 1960, the North Bay Cooperative Library System was established. The City of Mill Valley created an Art Commission in May 1966. The Mill Valley Friends of the Library was formed in 1967.

On July 20, 1969, American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin became the first men to step onto the Moon's surface.
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