Mid-Columbia Libraries is mulling a list of possible sites for a west Pasco branch.
The board of trustees discussed possible locations during a closed-door session Tuesday.
No decision was made about the sites during the regular board meeting. Locations under consideration have not been made public, but all are near Road 68.
The library system plans to add a 5,000 square-foot satellite library in west Pasco. A west Pasco satellite library was part of a 10-year contract Pasco and the library district approved last year. The district committed to opening it no later than 2013.
The board is considering three developers for the project -- two local firms, Gisi and CNV, and Guho Corp. of Idaho, said Kyle Cox, the library system's interim director. Each firm proposed multiple locations for a west Pasco branch as part of its application to the library system.
Mid-Columbia Libraries asked for a site in the area south of Powerline Road, north of Argent Road and between roads 60 and 84.
Board member Susan Paysee said she was impressed by all three of the applicants, who have already been interviewed.
Cox said the library district now needs to determine its budget to figure out which of the sites proposed by each firm would work.
Mid-Columbia Libraries plans to lease the building from the developer. Cox said the library system would like a seven- or 10-year lease.
Leasing a library can allow flexibility as the population changes, and Cox said the library system doesn't know what Pasco's population will look like in 10 years.
The new library will include space for technology use and a separate children's and family area, Cox said. Another main feature will be a drive-through where library users can drop off items and pick up materials on hold.
A drive-through was one of the top items that library users identified on their wish list for the west Pasco library in a user survey.
"That dream is going to become a reality," Cox said.
The library district also wants to be sure there is ample parking and space for the full-service drive-through, Cox said.
Mid-Columbia Libraries anticipates moving into the new library by September 2012 and having it open by 2013, he said.
"We are ahead of schedule," Cox said.