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Simi Valley Gets Recommendation To Switch Library Services To Private Provider

Posted on Friday, February 8, 2013 1:52pm


Simi Valley could be the latest city to stop using the services of the Ventura County Library System. A staff report is recommending the city negotiate an agreement with a company to take over operations of the Simi Valley Public Library.

The city received three proposals to handle the services, including one from the County Library System, the City of Thousand Oaks, and from Library Services and Systems LLC.

The report says the city’s library will be better off financially by contracting the service out to a private provider.
It recommends the City Council approve switching over to the private provider July 1st.

Such a move is like to be controversial, because of concerns by some residents about how a change might affect the quality of library services.

The council is set to look at the proposal when it meets this Monday night. Camarillo and Moorpark have already shifted their library services from the county system to private providers.


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