Your Opinion Matters!

     Members of the University City community are invited to participate in four upcoming focus groups in the Library auditorium. During the meetings, members of UCPL’s Board of Trustees, as well as Library administration and staff, will discuss the challenges facing the Library and get input from attendees on how best to address those issues.

     The focus groups are the second step in a plan to gauge public opinion on future funding options for library programming and building maintenance. Earlier this summer, the Library mailed surveys to a sample of voters in University City.

     “With a 50-year-old building, we are one or two unexpected major building repairs away from having to cut services,” said Patrick Wall, Director of University City Public Library. “It is a lovely building and we hope to be here forever, but we need to renovate, repair, and upgrade the building in a way that we cannot currently afford.”

     The Library’s current building at 6701 Delmar Blvd. was built in the late 1960s and opened to the public in December of 1969 with a collection of 80,000 books. Today, the Library has a collection of more than 220,000 items, including books, audiobooks, music CDs, DVDs, and magazines. Since opening in 1969, the Library has also added power, outlets, and cabling for high-speed internet.

     “We believe that the citizens of University City need and deserve a better Library and better Library services than we can currently provide,” Wall said. “We are beginning to explore how to both continue to provide the services our citizens need and to improve the Library as a whole.”

     Focus groups will be held on:
  • Tuesday, Oct. 23 from 6:30-9 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 3 from 2:30-5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 29 from 6:30-9 p.m.
  • Monday, Dec. 3 from 2:30-5 p.m.
     All meetings will be held in the UCPL auditorium, and are free and open to the public.