Godeke Celebrates Four Years at Current Location

While the Godeke Library celebrates 4 years at the current location on February 1st, there are still questions about the branch's future.
By Monica Yantosh

LUBBOCK, TX -- While the Godeke Library celebrates 4 years at the current location on February 1st, there are still questions about the branch's future.

The Godeke Library was located at 66th and Quaker up until 2009, when it closed because of problems with mold. In 2010, the library moved to the current location at the South Loop 289 and Slide Road. "The community has really responded well to this location," Jane Clausen said.

Clausen is the Library Director, and said current lease costs $23,000 a month, down from $25,000 before. 

The library opened up at this new location on February 1st, 2010. The space is just a little larger than the old space, and Clausen said it's very convenient, since it's in the southwest section of the city.

"It was such a wide open space, and we had new carpet and new flooring, just a whole new attitude," Clausen said about the first day it opened in 2010. "It has great children's programs, it's really popular that way."

The city originally signed a five year lease, which is up later this year. The city, and library staff, have been working to try to figure out what could happen next for the library.

"Knowing that the lease may not be a permanent thing so we just always look at it as we'll just have to be flexible in our future plans," Clausen said. Before when Godeke was briefly closed between locations, Clausen commended people for continuing to use other branches of the Lubbock library system.
 
What happens next is still a work in progress. "The City is actively pursing other locations, so we'll just have to see how that turns out," Clausen said.  One option could be for a new library to go into a possible bond election. Currently, there is a committee working to figure out if Lubbock needs a bond election, and if so, what could go on that ballot.

Clausen has said in the past that the thing she hopes does not happen is for the lease to not be renewed and the library to have to close if there is no other option available to the city right away.

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