At its February meeting the Pierce County Library System‚Äôs Board of Trustees will discuss the significant increase in library use; planning for future services and buildings: Pierce County Library 2030; the 2009 agreement with Pierce County Library Foundation; and other issues.
The Board of Trustees will meet at the Pierce County Library System‚Äôs Processing and Administration Center, 3005 112th St. E., in Tacoma on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 3:30 ‚Äì 6 p.m.
Three of the primary issues the board will address include:
Significant increase in library use: In 2008 The Library System saw a dramatic increase in use, due to the economic downturn, as well as offering additional services from a re-authorized levy voters passed in 2006. Examples of increased usage:
‚Ä¢ Number of card holders: 2007‚Äî193,234; 2008‚Äî212,831: 10% increase
‚Ä¢ Library visits: 2007‚Äî1,966,837; 2008‚Äî2,299,338: 16% increase
‚Ä¢ Web site visits: 2007‚Äî881,678; 2008–1,549,299: 75% increase
‚Ä¢ Items checked out: 2007‚Äî5,844,827; 2008‚Äî6,616,850: 13% increase
In a comparison to attendance at major events in the Puget Sound in 2008 the Library is highly used.
‚Ä¢ Sonics home games: 547,556
‚Ä¢ Seahawks home games: 568,000
‚Ä¢ Puyallup Fair: 1,163,969
‚Ä¢ Pierce County Library: 2,299,338
‚Ä¢ Mariners home games: 2,329,702
‚Ä¢ Tacoma Dome Events: 2,392,000
Planning for future library services‚ÄîPierce County Library 2030: More than 100 community leaders and dozens of community members have given input into the Library‚Äôs facilities master plan, Pierce County Library 2030, which will be a 20 + year plan outlining future library services and buildings. The Library is reviewing the public comments and ideas. It plans to discuss draft recommendations with the public in May.
Agreement with Pierce County Library Foundation: The Board will review its working agreement with the Foundation. The Foundation‚Äôs volunteer Board of Directors raises funds to expand library services beyond the scope of tax-based funding to reach underserved communities. In 2009 the Foundation expects to bring in $240,000 in donations.
The Pierce County Library System‚Äôs 17 branches and three bookmobiles bring people together, enrich lives and provide children and adults with opportunities to learn.