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Facilities Plan (2005 - 2010)
 

Approved by the Ocean County Library Commission (8/17/04).

Introduction  
Facility Definitions Headquarters
  Branch
  Reading Center
Planning Objectives  
Appendices Unofficial Population Projections for Ocean County, NJ
  Square footage requirements for existing branches
  Project Cost Figures
  Map of Ocean County showing existing service areas
  Map of Bennetts Mills area of Jackson Township
  Map of Silverton area of Dover Township
  Projected costs for Building Maintenance

Introduction

The Ocean County Library Facilities Development Plan defines three types of facilities serving residents of Ocean County: Headquarters, branches, and reading centers. The goal of this plan is to provide access to one of these three types of facilities within 2.5 miles, or 10 minutes driving time, for all Ocean County residents of the 33 member municipalities served by the Ocean County Library.

Population projections, supplied by the Ocean County Planning Board for general planning purposes only, indicate that the county’s total population will increase by more than 20% from the 2000 Census to 2020. Municipalities projected to expect the largest increases include Jackson (63.5%), Waretown (55%), Barnegat (44%), and Little Egg Harbor (38%).

All figures used in accompanying definitions and charts are recommended minimum standards for new construction in the Ocean County Library system.

In 1986, the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders accepted the Facilities Development Plan of the Ocean County Library Master Plan. As a result, twelve branches were constructed (Barnegat, Berkeley, Brick, Jackson, Lacey, Little Egg Harbor, Long Beach Island, Manchester, Plumsted, Point Pleasant Boro, Stafford, and Upper Shores), and the Library is currently in Phase I of the expansion of the Headquarters facility in Toms River.

This plan includes two new building projects that are currently underway – the expansion of the Brick Branch to meet minimum square footage requirements, and a Reading Center in Whiting, which will be the first time that a second facility is being located in a municipality that is already served by a branch.

Facility Definitions

Headquarters

Provides system support services – administration, collection management (including selection, ordering, processing and delivery of materials), facilities management, public relations, and technology.

Also serves as a branch by providing public services for all Ocean County residents (population 510,000), and by virtue of its location, specifically for residents of Dover Township (population 90,000).

Administrative support includes coordinating all work and interactions with Ocean County government, providing an interface with regional, state and national library organizations, outreach to diverse communities, developing standards and guidelines for system-wide services, long-range planning, budget, staff management and education, and branch management.

Branch

Serves a local municipality or several adjacent municipalities with a combined population of at least 10,000, in a facility with a minimum of 7,000 sq. ft.

The branch building is constructed jointly by Ocean County and the local municipality(ies), with 50% of the construction/remodeling/renovation costs to be contributed by Ocean County, with the remaining 50% to be contributed by the municipality(ies).

The building is owned by the County, and operated, maintained, staffed and supplied by the Ocean County Library Commission through the County Library dedicated tax.

A branch provides resources to meet the recreational, educational and information needs of the community it serves, while conforming to the standards of service established by the Ocean County Library Commission. Staffing levels, hours of operation, collection size, level of programming, and provision of information are all initially determined by ALA and NJLA minimums, but ultimately reflect the level of activity and need documented at the local level. A branch is open a minimum of 45 hours per week; staffing includes at least one professional librarian. Daily delivery of materials, and access to the Internet, are standards of service.

Reading Center

A reading center serves a population of fewer than 10,000 in a municipality without an established branch presence, or supplements the services of a municipality with an existing branch, where the distance from an underserved population of the municipality to that branch exceeds 2.5 miles or 10 minutes driving time. Ideally, the underserved population should number at least 2,000 or be between 20-30% of the municipality’s total population, to warrant an additional facility in that municipality.

In either case, the municipality will provide 50% of the construction/remodeling/renovation costs, or, in the case of a leased facility, 50% of the rental costs, with the remaining 50% to be contributed by Ocean County. The building will be owned or leased by the municipality and the County, and operated, maintained, staffed and supplied by the Ocean County Library Commission through the County Library dedicated tax.

The size of the facility should be at least 1,000 sq. ft. Minimum hours of operation will be 20 per week.

The Reading Center’s role is to meet the recreational and educational reading, listening and viewing needs for the community it serves. Delivery of materials to the Reading Center will be at least 3 times per week. Limited seating will be provided. Programming space will not be offered. Internet access will be provided.

The collection will be circulating, and consist of the most popular, current materials. Materials for children and teens will be offered if the needs of the community dictate. Reader’s Advisory services will be offered.

Planning Objectives

Goal: Develop and maintain convenient, well-equipped library facilities that will continue to meet public demand and the library’s strategic plan goals.

  Objective – Forge partnerships with all member municipalities serving an existing population of 10,000 or more to provide community branch facilities.
    Activity – Replace existing Beachwood Branch with a new facility located in the southwestern section of Beachwood Boro by 2020.
     
  Objective – Develop the needed square footage at the Headquarters facility in Toms River to support the expanding branch system.
    Activity – Complete Phase I new construction by January 2005.
    Activity – Complete Phase II renovation of the existing facility by August 2005.
     
  Objective – Expand existing branch facilities to meet current NJ State Library minimums based on population.
    Activity – Add 20,000 sq. ft. to the Brick Branch by 2006.
    Activity – Establish a Branch of at least 16,000 sq. ft. in Manahawkin to replace the existing Stafford Branch by 2007.
    Activity – Add 15,000 sq. ft to the Lakewood Branch by 2008.
    Activity – Add 7,000 sq. ft. to the Lacey Branch by 2010.
    Activity – Add 8,700 sq. ft. to the Berkeley Branch by 2012.
     
  Objective – Work cooperatively with member municipalities which already have branch facilities, to reach portions of their population which are beyond the facilities plan’s definition of acceptable driving distance.
    Activity – Establish a Reading Center in the Whiting section of Manchester Township by 2005.
    Activity – Establish a Reading Center in the North Dover area of Dover Township by 2010.
    Activity – Establish a Reading Center in the Bennetts Mills section of Jackson Township by 2010.

Appendices

Unofficial Population Projections for Ocean County, NJ  
( Also in Microsoft Excel format )

       
Change 2000-2020
Municipality
2000 Census
2010
2020
Number
Percent

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Barnegat Township
15,270
19,000
22,000
6,730
44.1%
Barnegat Light Borough
764
790
800
36
4.7%
Bay Head Borough
1,238
1,265
1,300
62
5.0%
Beach Haven Borough
1,278
1,325
1,400
122
9.5%
Beachwood Borough
10,375
10,850
11,000
625
6.0%
Berkeley Township
39,991
45,000
50,000
10,009
25.0%
Brick Township
76,119
81,500
85,000
8,881
11.7%
Dover Township
89,706
96,775
100,000
10,294
11.5%
Eagleswood Township
1,441
1,488
1,600
159
11.0%
Harvey Cedars Borough
359
370
400
41
11.4%
Island Heights Borough
1,751
1,775
1,800
49
2.8%
Jackson Township
42,816
56,250
70,000
27,184
63.5%
Lacey Township
25,346
27,500
29,000
3,654
14.4%
Lakehurst Borough
2,522
2,550
2,600
78
3.1%
Lakewood Township
60,352
68,000
72,000
11,648
19.3%
Lavallette Borough
2,665
2,775
2,900
235
8.8%
Little Egg Harbor Township
15,945
20,000
22,000
6,055
38.0%
Long Beach Township
3,329
3,700
4,400
1,071
32.2%
Manchester Township
38,928
42,500
45,000
6,072
15.6%
Mantoloking Borough
423
450
460
37
8.7%
Ocean Township
6,450
9,000
10,000
3,550
55.0%
Ocean Gate Borough
2,076
2,200
2,400
324.
15.6%
Pine Beach Borough
1,950
2,050
2,100
150
7.7%
Plumsted Township
7,275
8,000
8,250
975
13.4%
Point Pleasant Borough
19,306
19,500
20,000
694
3.6%
Point Pleasant Beach Borough
5,314
5,375
5,450
136
2.6%
Seaside Heights Borough
3,155
3,300
3,500
345
10.9%
Seaside Park Borough
2,263
2,375
2,450
187
8.3%
Ship Bottom Borough
1,384
1,475
1,550
166
12.0%
South Toms River Borough
3,634
3,700
3,750
116
3.2%
Stafford Township
22,532
25,000
27,000
4,468
19.8%
Surf City Borough
1,442
1,500
1,525
83
5.8%
Tuckerton Borough
3,517
3,800
4,200
683
19.4%

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County Total
510,916
571,139
615,835
104,919
20.5%

* Note: Projections are intended for use in general planning purposes only and have not been officially adopted by the Ocean County Planning Board.

Square footage requirements for existing branches

Branch
Population 2010(1)
Min. Sq. Ft.(2)
Current Sq. Ft.
% increase required
Brick
81,500
38,800
18,691
108%
Lakewood
68,000
33,550
18,000
86%
Lacey
27,500
17,125
9,942
72%
Manchester(3)
42,500
23,875
14,320
67%
Berkeley
45,000
25,000
16,240
54%
Stafford(4)
25,000
16,000
13,376
20%

(1) Based on OC Planning Board projections March 2004
(2) Based on NJ State Library Construction Grant guidelines
(3) In negotiation for a Reading Center in Whiting section which will meet this need at this time
(4) Discussion underway to replace existing branch with a dual-use facility on Ocean County
College's Southern Campus

Project Cost Figures

  Brick Branch Size Requirement
38,800
 
  Recommended Additional Square Footage:
20,109
  Building Construction and Site Work:
$3,519,075
  Renovation of Existing Square Footage:
$1,495,280
  Furnishings:
$776,000
  Fees and Contingencies:
$1,002,871
  Total Estimated Project Cost:
$6,793,226
  Cost to County:
$3,396,613

  Lakewood Branch Size Requirement
33,550
 
  Recommended Additional Square Footage:
15,550
  Building Construction and Site Work:
$2,721,250
  Renovation of Existing Square Footage:
$1,440,000
  Furnishings:
$671,000
  Fees and Contingencies:
$832,250
  Total Estimated Project Cost:
$5,664,500
  Cost to County:
$2,832,250

  Lacey Branch Size Requirement
17,125
 
  Recommended Additional Square Footage:
7,183
  Building Construction and Site Work:
$1,257,025
  Renovation of Existing Square Footage:
$795,360
  Furnishings:
$342,500
  Fees and Contingencies:
$410,477
  Total Estimated Project Cost:
$2,805,362
  Cost to County:
$1,402,681

  Manchester Branch Size Requirement
23,875
 
  Recommended Additional Square Footage:
9,555
  Building Construction and Site Work:
$1,672,125
  Renovation of Existing Square Footage:
$1,145,600
  Furnishings:
$477,500
  Fees and Contingencies:
$563,545
  Total Estimated Project Cost:
$3,858,770
  Cost to County:
$1,929,385

  Berkeley Branch Size Requirement
25,000
 
  Recommended Additional Square Footage:
8,760
  Building Construction and Site Work:
$1,533,000
  Renovation of Existing Square Footage:
$1,299,200
  Furnishings:
$500,000
  Fees and Contingencies:
$566,440
  Total Estimated Project Cost:
$3,898,640
  Cost to County:
$1,949,320

  Stafford Branch Size Requirement
16,000
 
  Recommended Additional Square Footage:
2,624
  Building Construction and Site Work:
$459,200
  Renovation of Existing Square Footage:
$1,070,080
  Furnishings:
$320,000
  Fees and Contingencies:
$305,856
  Total Estimated Project Cost:
$2,155,136
  Cost to County:
$1,077,568

  - New Construction = $175 per sq. ft.
  - Renovation = $80 per sq. ft.
  - Furniture = $20 per sq. ft.
  - Fees and Contingencies = 20% of construction costs

Map of Ocean County showing existing service areas

Map of Bennetts Mills area of Jackson Township

Map of Silverton area of Dover Township

Projected costs for Building Maintenance
      Projected through 2010, in Microsoft Excel format

 


 
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