Updates on Main Library Café

Nov. 29, 2011 Update:
Boulder Public Library has recently purchased a Seattle’s Best coffee drink vending machine, which will be installed on the Main Library Bridge in mid-December 2011. The Seattle’s Best vending machine offers several coffee drinks, as well as hot chocolate. We look forward to providing this refreshment option for Main Library patrons and staff.
Library Administration

July 8, 2010 Update:
The Request for Proposal process for a new cafe at the Main Library resulted in one successful café operator candidate, with whom the Library is in negotiations about operating a café on the Bridge.  The negotiations include discussions about how to make the Bridge space work, including obtaining a permit with the Boulder Public Health Department, installing equipment and fixtures, and ensuring that legal requirements are met.

We will update again on the status in mid-August.
Thank you!

December 17, 2009 Update:

The Request for Proposal has been posted on the City of Boulder website:  www.bouldercolorado.gov.

If you have questions about the City of Boulder RFP process, please contact Calder Grey in the Purchasing Division at:  greyc@bouldercolorado.gov.

November 6, 2009 Update:

With the unexpected closure of the Main Library café on October 1, the Boulder Public Library (BPL) is undertaking a complete review of the alternatives for offering food services at Main Library.   The process we are working with is one that will help us address several matters and result in offering the best possible food service, as a compliment to the library experience.

The most significant matter we must address in replacing the previous café with a similar food service is the lack of adequate utilities on the bridge, including water, sewer and electrical power.  A new operator of a similar food service will be required to comply with all applicable Health Department regulations.  This will require making some important capital investments in order to meet these code requirements.  Within these considerations, potential vendors will need to address necessary items to appropriately outfit the space. The equipment and fixtures previously at the café on the library bridge were not owned by the library. It is also important to note that there are currently no capital resources available in the library budget to make such an investment at this time.

As a result, we are considering a wide array of alternative food service delivery models, menus and locations within the library so that we can creatively explore the best options for our customers. We also expect that this will give many vendors the opportunity to consider a partnership with the library.

A request for proposal (RFP) will be released in mid-December, and library staff expects to make a decision on the best proposal in late January.  Assuming that no unforeseen obstacles are encountered, we hope to resume food service in February or early March.

The library understands that our customers and staff desire a robust food service that enhances the experience at Main Library.  We appreciate your patience as we work through this deliberate process to identify the best alternative.