To make way for City of University Place’s UPtown Center, University Place Pierce County Library is moving. This summer, Pierce County Library System and the City of University Place are temporarily moving the University Place Library to 7315 27th St. W. until the library’s new building opens in 2009.
People may check out books, CDs and other materials at the current 3605 Bridgeport Way W. library through Saturday, July 15, 5 p.m.
The University Place Library will be open for business at 27th St. W., the home of a former NAPA Auto Parts Store, on Monday, Aug. 7, 10 a.m.
Between Sunday, July 16, and Sunday, Aug. 6, University Place Library, at its Bridgeport location and the library’s new temporary two-year location on 27th St. W., will be closed for moving. During that time, customers may access full library services at other branches, including nearby Lakewood Pierce County Library at 6300 Wildaire Rd. SW.
To prepare for the move and best serve customers this summer, all youth programs will be offered at City of University Place’s City Hall at 3715 Bridgeport Way W., Suite D3.
“We’re making the move because the city plans to begin construction this summer on a new transit center and public plaza on the library’s current location,” said Neel Parikh, director of Pierce County Library. “In the temporary library our customers will get full library services—including using computers with Internet for free, and participating in free, educational programs that promote reading.”
In early 2009, the library plans to open at its new location on the west side of Bridgeport, across from the library’s current Bridgeport Way W. location. The new library will be 15,000 square feet; 3,000 square feet larger than the current library.
“The library’s new final location will be a prime position in UPtown Center,” said Parikh. “It will be a visible and accessible location for library customers.”
The City of University Place is using revenue generated by the new UPtown Center development to finance the temporary library space, relocation costs and the cost of the new library.