The City of Simi Valley has decided to hire a private company to run its library, instead of using the Ventura County Library system to manage it.
The Simi Valley City Council approved the concept of having Library System and Services run its library. City officials say the move could save a half million dollars a year.
Simi Valley is the third city to drop out of the county library system, joining Camarillo and Moorpark in using a private contractor.
Some residents, and the union representing the workers had opposed the move, questioning the quality of the services which would be provided, and worrying it would result in the loss of some quality long time employees. Officials with the contractor say they’ll give current library employees the first chance at the positions they will create to run the Simi Valley facility.
The city, and Library System and Services haven’t finalized a contract yet, but the plan is for the switchover to occur July 1st.