Upland wants library to be run by private entity

By on June 6, 2014
Inland Empire Business News 5-28-14.002

Upland is negotiating to hand over day-to-day management of its library to a private company.

City Manager Stephen Dunn has been told by the City Council to negotiate a five-year contract with Library Systems and Services Inc., according to a report in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin.

The move is expected to save the city $1 million during that time, increase the library’s budget for materials and allow the facility to stay open an extra 10 hours a week, according to a report in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin.

Upland will still own the library and its contents. Turning over the facility to private management was first suggested about two years ago, but the idea was shelved after protests from library supporters, according to the report.