The public got its first glimpse this week of plans for the new community library, which, with 26,600 square feet of space, will be much more than a repository for books.
"We had one chance to do it right," Councilwoman Susan Withrow said. "And I think we've got it. We've left nothing unturned."
At a meeting this week, the council approved preliminary plans for the facility, which will include a section for Saddleback Valley historical exhibits and another on the Holocaust.
A room for children will have space for plays and storytelling sessions.
City officials say they expect construction to begin by late summer. The goal is to open the library no later than fall 1997.