At its October meeting the Pierce County Library System’s Board of Trustees will discuss its 2010 budget, progress to meet community needs with library services and buildings, construction on the new University Place Pierce County Library, and other issues. The Board of Trustees will meet at the Pierce County Library System’s Processing and Administrative Center, 3005 112th St. E., in Tacoma on Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 3:30 to 6 p.m.
Three of the primary issues the board will address include the following.
- 2010 budget–The Board will review the Library’s proposal for its 2010 budget. Managers have recommended reductions and cost savings to offset an estimated shortfall of approximately $1 million. Budget priorities include providing up-to-date and future-oriented services; preserving promises from the re-authorized levy voters passed in 2006; and developing and supporting technology. Some of the new services proposed to meet customer needs in 2010 include more virtual services to offer help, information and materials online; additional computers for public use in libraries; increased services to support readers; and job resource centers and other efforts to assist communities and individuals during these tough economic times.
- Meeting community needs with library services and buildings–Pierce County Library 2030: The Board will hear a progress report on Pierce County Library 2030, a facilities master plan, to help meet community needs with future library services and buildings. For the past year, the Library has been collaborating with communities to develop the plan. Staff and consultants working on the plan will discuss projected costs to operate future libraries as outlined in Pierce County Library 2030, as well as options and recommendations to align services and facilities with funding possibilities.
- University Place Pierce County Library: Staff will give an update on the progress to build the new University Place Library. Noticeable changes are taking place at the new UP Library construction site. The parking garage is nearly finished and work is underway on the civic center. Workers are scheduled to complete the construction of the civic and library building by September 2010 and the new library will open in early 2011.
The Library System has been serving people in Pierce County for 63 years. The Library’s service area now spans 1,600 square miles and the Library serves an estimated 546,000 people.