City, county explore needs for new library center

Sophia Serrano, 9, takes a moment to relax and read her free book she chose in 2012 during the annual holiday program presented by the Friends of the San Benito County Free Library.

San Benito County and City of Hollister officials are working together on possibly conducting a needs assessment for a new technology/library center here, according to the city council agenda for Monday.
Hollister City Council members are set to consider a resolution at their 6:30 p.m. Monday meeting at Hollister City Hall authorizing staff officials to assist the county in developing and releasing requests for proposals for a needs assessment related to a “Technology Education, Library Center (TeL Center).
County and city officials for years have broached the potential for a new library to replace the aging facility on Fifth Street in downtown Hollister. A needs assessment would be a preliminary step toward possibly building a new facility.
The RFP idea came out of an intergovernmental committee meeting Nov. 5. The committee is set to act as a selection panel to interview and recommend a firm to the county board. At that time, the city expects to figure out its financial contribution to a project, according to the agenda minutes.
Intergovernmental committee members also expressed desire to involve school districts.
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