Godeke Branch Library Future Could Become a Bond Election Issue

With the Godeke Branch Library lease set to end this later this year, there is a lot of talk about the library's future, which could become a part of the possible bond election.
By Monica Yantosh

LUBBOCK, TX -- The future of the Godeke Branch Library could be up to a bond election, if there is a bond election this year.

The Citizen Advisory Committee is looking for citizen input into issues that could be put on a bond election, and an election is not yet certain. The Godeke Library is one issue that will likely come up in conversation about a possible election.

Currently, the building Godeke is in costs about $23,000 a month through the lease. This is actually a slight decrease in cost from last year, according to the library director, Jane Clausen.  She also said the lease in that building is up at the end of September.

Clausen said she has been working closely with the Citizen Advisory Committee on a possible plan for a new library location, though the hope is to keep a library in southwest Lubbock.

"They're really interested in library services, the people that I've dealt with on the committee, and so they were really taking it seriously, and know how important a library is in southwest Lubbock," Clausen said.

"There is a long list of projects, and the needs are great in this city, so I don't know how it will end up, but I know that public input is very important, and we hope that people will let the citizens advisory committee know how important a southwest branch library is," Clausen said.

Currently, where Godeke is located is right within district 4, Councilman Jim Gerlt's district.

"We're facing the good news/bad news, the good news is our economy is booming and our buildings are full. Bad news is we can't find a building for the library that will work for us," Gerlt said about how the city has been looking for a while to find a different building they could possibly house Godeke in for a while.

Councilman Gerlt said he thinks there is a possibility of the library having to temporarily shut down because of the current lease situation and the uncertainty of where the library will go next.

"Right now, it's not looking like we're going to be able to maintain the Godeke without some interruption of services, and I hate that. And that's something that we've been talking about for a long time, we really have, we just haven't been able to get a consensus on what we need to do.," Gerlt said.

He also said if there is no bond election, or if a new library is not on the election, there could be another way to fund a new library location.
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