Library Facilities Master Plan
Library Facilities Master Plan, 2010-2030
Over the past two years Spokane County Library District has been developing a Library Facilities Master Plan (Full Plan, Plan Summary) that responds both to changing library service needs and anticipated population growth over the next 20 years. During that process input from almost 900 District residents was considered, through surveys, focus groups, interviews, and public open houses.
The final plan was approved by the District’s Board of Trustees in July 2010. It recommends replacement of three existing libraries with larger facilities, construction of three new libraries, and expansion or remodeling of six others.
While its goals are ambitious, we believe that they’re realistic. District libraries are being used more than ever and as we continue to keep our services relevant to the communities we serve we expect that trend to continue.
The key to carrying out this multi-year program is a voter-approved District-wide bond issue. As a way to illustrate individual project phasing, the plan uses a 2013 election date. Realistically, this is probably the earliest that an election could be considered given economic conditions. Over the next few years the Board of Trustees will continue to evaluate potential timetables.
As with any other plan that attempts to meet needs 15 to 20 years in the future, we fully expect them to change along the way. For that reason, the Library Facilities Master Plan will be updated at regular intervals so that it continues to remain a useful road map for future facilities planning.
SCLD’s Board of Trustees, administration, and staff look forward to working with the communities we serve, public officials, and community leaders to provide District residents with public library facilities that best meet their needs.