Council approves new WPL contract

Posted Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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With the City Council’s approval of a new contract, the Weatherford Public Library will be able to offer patrons thousands more items available from Mineral Wells.

The council unanimously agreed at their meeting Oct. 22, to sign the contract with the Boyce Ditto Public Library in Mineral Wells that will let them join the same Parker County network Weatherford is a part of.

Dale Fleeger, representing the Weatherford library, said Mineral Wells has wanted to join the network of libraries in Parker County that Weatherford is a part of instead of the larger one they are members of now.

“It is a much larger consortium and they don’t feel the effects of the local improvements that would come by participating in the Parker County Library Association,” Fleeger said.

The city of Weatherford will not have to take care of any fees and instead could raise some funds from the contract.

“This will create a vehicle for us to begin to collect a little bit of money,” Fleeger said.

Those funds could be used to support the PCLA, which Weatherford created and uses to host other libraries through the system.

Other than some possible funds raised, the city will also have about 250,000 items available for residents’ enjoyment instead of the city’s current 100,000 items.

Fleeger said this sharing of resources is what the library’s new program focuses on in the network of libraries.

Patrons could check out those items directly from Mineral Wells or could request them to be brought to Weatherford. The city would have requested items brought to the public library each week.

The council also voted to allow Mineral Wells to be added into the agreement Weatherford has with Polaris, the database the public library uses.

The Weatherford library maintains the database for the libraries in the PCLA. Mineral Wells will pay the fees for the contract that will enable them to join that network.

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