Public has a say in new library

Public has a say in new library

Pierce County Library System is asking

An illustration of what a new public library in Sumner could look like.

Their input can be shared at the current library (1116 Fryar Ave.) or at through Feb. 28. An open house was held in January for the same purpose.

A new library would be built at 15126 Main St. E. at a cost of approximately $19 million. About $14 million of funding for the project would come from a bond that voters would be asked to approve if the PCLS Board of Trustees and the City Council put a measure on the ballot for a future election. The rest of the cost would be covered by other PCLS sources, including a potential $1 million state allocation.

The proposed project will be the subject of a joint meeting of the trustees and the council members Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. at City Hall. The public can attend the meeting, which is for information only. No action will be taken by the board or council.

More information about the project is at

The city, which wants to repurpose the site and have the library move, owns the building and land on Traffic Avenue where the current library is located. PCLS leases the space, which officials say is undersized for library purposes. The nearly 2-acre site where a new 15,000 to 20,000-square-feet library would be located was purchased last year by the library system. A construction schedule hasn’t been set.

A survey in 2019 by PCLS produced strong public interest in a new branch library, officials said.