Lakewood Pierce County Library
*Closed effective Sunday, June 5 to prepare to move to interim location.
6300 Wildaire Rd SW
Starting the week of Sunday, June 5, 2022, please pick up your books and other items on hold at the University Place Pierce County Library, 3609 Market Place W., Suite 100. You may change the location of your hold pick-up with these easy steps.
You may also call any library or stop by in person and staff will help you set up your holds pick-up location.
The Pierce County Library System closed the Lakewood Pierce County Library Sunday, June 5. The Library System is planning to open the interim space.
Architects recently examined the 59-year-old building and concluded it is in critical condition. The costs for repairs and replacements outweigh the value of the building. At this time, the Library System paused investing further in the building because costs for repairs far outweigh the value of the building, which a May 2022 appraisal valued at $1.5 million. As responsible stewards of taxpayer money, the Library will await a community-led recommendation for the facility.
Overall, the appraisal considered the land value only, as it determined repairing and remodeling the existing building is not reasonable. The appraiser recommended demolishing the building.
In September 2022, workers installed tarps where the most significant deterioration on the roof of the current Lakewood Library is located, to prepare for the upcoming rainy season. While tarps cannot completely prevent further water damage, installing tarps is the only option to attempt to reduce further deterioration as the Library System awaits the Community Advisory Committee’s recommendation about the building long-term.
The Library System and the City of Lakewood formed a community advisory committee to understand public input from recent years, review the significant building needs, and provide advice to the Library System about how it could best provide library services for Lakewood. The committee will review and assess information and make a recommendation to the Pierce County Library’s Board of Trustees in fall 2022, on how to provide library service in Lakewood.
All services are currently unavailable due to Library closure.
Learn about the history of Lakewood Pierce County Library.
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Tel: 253-548-3300 Fax: 253-537-4600 Washington Relay TTY: 711
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