At its January meeting the Pierce County Library System’s Board of Trustees plans to review Pierce County Library 2030: a facilities master plan; discuss progress to build the new University Place Pierce County Library; review board policies; and address 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, Jan. 13, from 3:30 to 6 p.m.
Three of the primary issues the board will focus on include the following.
- Pierce County Library 2030: a facilities master plan: Architecture research and planning consultants will present a summary report about Pierce County Library 2030: a facilities master plan, which describes future library services and buildings to meet community needs. For the past year, the Library collaborated with communities to develop the plan. Pierce County Library 2030 is a combination of discussions with the public, an assessment of current library services and buildings, information about future population trends, and best practices from libraries nationwide. The plan charts a course for future buildings, expansions or replacements of library buildings, and alternative ways to access services. Overall, the plan shows a dramatic population increase in the Library’s service area, with the conclusion that the most significant deficiency in the Library’s buildings is that they are too small to serve expectations of communities. This results in over-crowding and affects everything from noise levels to the ability to find space to work, read or meet with others.
- University Place Pierce County Library: Staff will give an update on the progress to build the new University Place Library. Workers are scheduled to complete the construction of the civic and library building this year and the new library will open in 2011. The University Place Library Campaign Committee has been making great progress to raise funds to enhance furnishings and services not covered by the Library System or the City of University Place. To date, people have pledged nearly $340,000 to support the new library.
- Policy review: The Board will review the Library Executive Team’s review and update of board policies. The Executive Team assessed the policies to make them current, and the team identified issues where policies may be needed. Board policies are a guideline to staff to deliver quality library services. At the board meeting, the Board will review for approval policies relating to staff participation with community organizations, Board and library staff communications with the public, and a policy that calls for library programs or events that support, enrich and collaborate with communities.
Pierce County Library is the fourth largest library system in the state in terms of population served, serving 554,000 people with 17 libraries and three bookmobiles.