Orange County library director Lucinda Munger recently visited the county's Skills Development Center on West Franklin Street, a possible site for a new library branch, and liked what she saw.
"It would be a good location and size (13,000 square feet) to serve both the residents of Chapel Hill and Carrboro," Munger wrote in an e-mail to other county officials. "I could see the materials/computers from the (McDougle library) fitting in the space -- if that is what is decided, or some other collection."
Orange Commissioner Barry Jacobs, who proposed using the Skills Development Center for a library, said existing services might be able to transfer to the Hillsborough campus of Durham Community Technical College. As the county considers increasing its contribution to the Chapel Hill Public Library, Jacobs said it might not have to climb as high if some patrons are diverted to a new branch on the west side of town.
Commissioner Mike Nelson has proposed increasing the county's funding of the Chapel Hill Public Library by $10,000 this year, with approximately $200,000 in annual increases in the three years following, to bring the county's share to $900,000 by July 2013. That would come close to 40 percent of the library's budget, matching the ratio of library patrons who come from the county but outside Chapel Hill.