Lakewood Pierce County Library closing and moving to short-term location – The Suburban Times
Announcing the Pierce County Library System.
To better serve the community, the Pierce County Library System is closing the Lakewood Pierce County Library, located at 6300 Wildaire Road SW, early Juneto prepare for service at a short-term venue scheduled to open in end of 2022.
Based on the architects’ recent building condition assessment and engineers’ roof examination, the 59-year-old Lakewood Pierce County Library is in critical condition.
“This is certainly a difficult decision, in which we have weighed the balance between safe and quality service for the public and for staff with responsible management of the taxpayers’ investment in the library system” , said Melinda Chesbro, deputy director of the Pierce County Library. “We know the situation at the Lakewood Library is urgent and the time has come to move to a short-term location.”
Closing the building will allow staff time to move books and materials, computers and equipment, and furniture for use in the short-term location. The Library System is looking for space near the Lakewood Library in Lakewood Towne Center, for a short-term location, which may expand to a temporary location.
In total, the architects determined that the current building requires rough estimates of $10-15 million in repairs to improve security and access. This assessment provided the necessary repairs and replacements for urgent roofing and safety issues, as well as the long-term investments needed in the next 5-7 years. Safety and access improvements include replacing the roof and repairing damage throughout the building due to the leaky roof; replace the elevator, the heating and air conditioning system and the plumbing system; and upgrading windows and doors.
The costs of repairs and replacements exceed the value of the building. At present, the library system does not plan to invest further in the current building and has determined that further investments are prohibitive. The library system will await a recommendation from a community advisory committee and a decision from the board before investing further.
The Library System and the Town of Lakewood Form a Community Advisory Committee to Understand Public Feedback Over the Past Years, Review Significant Building Needs, and Provide Advice to the Library System on How Best to Provide Services library in Lakewood and the Tillicum neighborhood. The committee will review and evaluate the information and make a recommendation to the Pierce County Library Board in the fall of 2022, on how to provide library service in Lakewood.
While the Pierce County Library pauses and stops investing in the Lakewood Library, it will continue to serve the community and determine a better long-term solution to investing in library service for Lakewood residents.
Until Lakewood Library opens in a short-term location, the library system encourages residents to visit other Pierce County libraries, including the nearby Steilacoom Pierce County Library at 2950 Steilacoom Blvd. and the University Place Pierce County Library at 3609 Market Place W., Suite 100.
In the coming months, the Library System will provide more information about the near-term location and its plans for limited service slated to open later this year.