Library Director and Board of Trustees Prepare for Public Hearing

March 1, 2023

Yesterday morning, the Ada County Commissioners announced the public hearing for public comment on the petition to dissolve the Meridian Library District (MLD) -  March 20, 6 p.m., at the Ada County Courthouse, 1st floor, public hearing room.

“Although we understand the decision of the commission to set a public hearing, we are disappointed that there are members of the community determined to control others through restricting library content, accessibility, and growth by changing or closing libraries,” stated director Nick Grove. “I am hopeful that library supporters will come forward, participate in this process, and let the Commissioners know how much this District means to the people of Meridian.”

The Meridian Library District continues to be a place for connection, community, and innovation. In the past two months, almost 217,000 items have been checked out, 5,880 people have attended events, and 201 programs have been held.

“Libraries are an important part of the community, a place for connection, innovation, community and learning. Dissolving the Meridian Library District could likely be just the first step in a bigger effort to close libraries across Idaho or control the choice patrons have in selecting materials,” MLD Board of Trustees Chair Megan Larsen said.

According to the Ada County Commissioners, any registered voter that is a resident within the proposed boundaries of the Meridian Library District may appear and be heard in regard to the form of the petition, the genuineness of the signatures, the legality of the proceedings, and any other matters in regard to the dissolution of the library district. You can also submit a synopsis, argument or other documents, to or by mail to 200 W. Front St, Third Floor. Items must be submitted five days in advance of the hearing date (March 20, 2023).

The Meridian Library District encompasses four locations and serves Meridian, one of the fastest-growing cities in Idaho. This spring, we are opening our fifth location, Orchard Park, at the southeast corner of Chinden Blvd (Hwy 20/26) and Linder Rd. We look forward to welcoming the community to this new and inclusive space.