Renovations underway at the San Juan Capistrano Library

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By Collin Breaux

The San Juan Capistrano Library is still closed as part of a “tenant improvement” undertaken by OC Public Libraries.

The local branch, located at 31495 El Camino Real near Capistrano Union High School, has been closed since December 2021.

“The scope of the project includes wiring upgrades, energy efficiency improvements, new lighting, paint, carpeting, furniture and shelving,” said David Lopez, Marketing and Communications Librarian at OC Public Libraries.

The objective of the improvement is to “reimagine the existing space to ensure the facility is compliant and accessible to all, to maximize usable space for the public to study, read and attend programs and to create a modern, inviting space where people can come together to build community,” Lopez also said.

Aware of the legacy of architect Michael Graves – who helped bring the building to life – and the importance of the facility to the public, the library and the architect consulted with the design firm Graves before the start construction.

“There is no current date for reopening, but we hope the project will be complete and ready for public enjoyment in early 2023,” Lopez said. “While the library is closed, patrons can visit nearby Aliso Viejo, Dana Point or San Clemente libraries. A full list of libraries can be found at and the daily schedule can be found at

Collin Breaux

Collin Breaux covers San Juan Capistrano and other southern Orange County news as editor of The Capistrano Dispatch. Before moving to California, he covered Hurricane Michael, politics and education in Panama City, Florida. He can be reached by email at [email protected].

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