Pasco County Libraries Master Plan

PGA is assisting Pasco County Libraries develop a master plan that will help the agency and the county continue to provide high-quality library services to all residents of Pasco County, even as the county’s population grows.

The Master Plan looks out 20 years and compares the forecasted growth to the existing services, as well as state library standards. Pasco County currently operates eight branch libraries, with a ninth in development. With an anticipated population of nearly 800,000 people by 2045, many more branches, staff members, programs, and items (books and beyond) will be needed to meet demand and maintain the same caliber of service. Just how many branches will be needed, and their approximate locations are just a couple of the questions being evaluated by PGA’s Planning Group, working closely with library administration and staff, as well as the people of Pasco County.

There have been two rounds of creative public engagement; a third round aimed at people who don’t currently use the library system’s services is under development. Other upcoming tasks include a Return on Investment study, an exploration of funding mechanisms, and illustrative funding scenarios to help stakeholders make informed investments in Pasco County’s future.