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Mid-Columbia Libraries and The City of West Richland New Contract Approval Set for Oct. 27th

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WEST RICHLAND, WA - On October 20 the Mid-Columbia Library Board of Trustees authorized a new contract with the City of West Richland for library services. The West Richland City Council will vote on the proposed contract during a special city council meeting on October 27 at 6:00 p.m., according to Mid-Columbia Library release.

If approved by the West Richland City Council, the contract will go into effect January 1, 2016.

Agreements in the new contract result in service improvements for the residents of West Richland. These include:
1. Branch Remodel. MCL will remodel the West Richland Branch, similar to the well-received remodel of the Prosser Branch. Additionally, in the future the City of West Richland will vacate their current council chambers for a new location, with the potential for significant increases for floor space and collections within the branch.
2. Expanded hours of service. MCL will increase open hours, adding hours on Sunday afternoons.
3. Staffing. MCL will provide MLIS-degreed manager to oversee the day to day activities of the branch.

Mayor Brent Gerry said, “The City is pleased with what this new contract will mean to the citizens of West Richland. We successfully increased services over and above the good quality library services MCL already provides as a nationally recognized library district for outstanding service. In addition, the citizens will see renovation and modernization of their library. The citizens can be proud of what the City has accomplished on their behalf with this contract.”

“The citizens of West Richland have received exceptional library service from Mid-Columbia Libraries for decades, and this contract not only continues our operations in the city, but residents can expect a number of improvements,” said Kyle Cox, Executive Director of Mid-Columbia Libraries.
The proposed contract is an initial three year agreement. However, if an approved utility business and occupation tax increase to provide additional funding for the library is adopted by the voters of West Richland (likely to be on the ballot in the November 2016 General Election), the contract will extend to 2021, with the option for continuing contract renewals beyond.