“We look forward to talking with the city about potential uses and a continued partnership,” Masters said.
Since 2001, the Pioneer Library System has leased the former Hollywood Theatre for its Pioneer Service Center. The service center houses the system's Collections Services, which include materials selection, acquisitions, materials cataloging and processing and delivery of materials throughout the system.
The collection of more than 600,000 items in the system is shared through delivery routes that run six days a week and are based out of the service center.
The Borders' location, 300 Norman Center Court, has loading docks and proximity to Interstate 35, which makes it ideal for material transfers, Masters said.
The purchase also will provide financial benefits for the library in the long run, she said.
The system will save leasing fees of about $66,000 a year once the current lease of Hollywood Theater runs out in April, Masters said.
The Pioneer Library System operates branch libraries in nine cities in Cleveland, McClain and Pottawatomie counties. It also operates information stations in rural communities and offers book drops and pickups in Norman's Sooner Mall, the Shawnee Mall and the B&B Country Store in east Norman.