Costs to provide library services are increasing at 5 percent a year while revenues only increase at 3 percent so the Board of Trustees for the Pierce County Library System is turning to the public for input on the future of the system. Trustees want to know what services library patrons value most and which they might be willing to pay more to keep. Hundreds of people responded to a survey conducted by library staff over the past several months and the results will be presented on Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the library system’s processing and administation center, 3005 112th St. E. A public input session will also be held at the Lakewood Library, 6300 Wildaire St. SW on Sept. 21 at 7p.m.
"At the public meetings we want
to hear what services people value, want and need from the libraries,” said Neel
Parikh, the Library System’s director. “In the past few years, we’ve cut $1 million in services. We now need more input from the people
we serve about how to address the funding problem.”
Library managers will take
comments from the public meeting to the Library’s Community Advisory Committee. The committee is
expected to make a recommendation to the Library’s Board of Trustees in late
November about how to manage the funding problem, which could include cutting
services and programs or seeking to restore funding levels by increasing
In other library news, the Board of Trustees has opted for a new location for its University Place Library. At the August
Board meeting, board members selected a site at the corner of 37th and Bridgeport with an entrance at street level. The building would be part of the Windmill Village complex which also houses University Place City Hall. The board selected this site as the best
location to serve the interests of the library’s patrons, because it will be
visible and accessible. Library and
city staff are working on an agreement for the new library location, which is
expected to be completed this fall.
At its Sept. 14 meeting, the Board will also receive an update on the city of DuPont’s plans for a Civic Center,
which will include the DuPont Library.