At its March meeting the Pierce County Library System‚Äôs Board of Trustees will discuss planning for future services and buildings: Pierce County Library 2030; state legislation relating to libraries; providing library services for Fife residents; 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, March 11, 3:30 ‚Äì 6 p.m.
Three of the primary issues the board will address include:
Planning for future library services‚ÄîPierce County Library 2030: More than 150 people attended community open houses at 17 locations throughout Pierce County to give input into the Library‚Äôs facilities master plan, Pierce County Library 2030. Overall, participants voiced positive comments about current services and gave several recommendations to improve services including being more of a community center; offering more copies of and selection of a variety of materials, such as books and DVDs; constructing kiosks for services outside of buildings; and having more and faster computers.
The participants offered positive comments about each library building. Then, suggested improvements calling for larger spaces in almost every building, more seating, and separate areas for quiet and noisy activities. The attendees were upbeat about the locations of the buildings; however, they offered that additional library buildings are needed in some areas.
The Library will use comments from the meetings along with remarks from 4,000 completed surveys and input from community leaders to draft recommendations for future library services and buildings, which will be presented for public review in May.
Legislation relating to libraries: the Board will discuss key bills in the state legislature this year, which affect libraries. In particular, they will hear an update on a bill that changes the cap on the population of a city to annex to a library district from the current 100,000 to 300,000.
Providing library services for Fife residents: For the past year, Pierce County Library and the City of Fife have discussed bringing library services to Fife residents. At the Board meeting the trustees are expected to approve an agreement with the City of Fife that outlines how Pierce County Library would provide service. Then, the agreement would go to the Fife City Council for approval, followed by a public hearing to determine whether to ask voters if they would like to annex to the Library for services.
The Library serves 534,000 people in all of unincorporated Pierce County and 14 cities and towns.