By Jim Shilander
After deciding not to move forward with a plan to house both a portion of the Orange County Public Library’s local branch collection and San Clemente Friends of the Library Bookstore in a large trailer, the library is still seeking a home for its books in the city.
The current library is undergoing renovations that prevent its use until next summer.
City Manager Pall Gudgeirsson said while several sites have been looked at, negotiations have been difficult, since any space would be housing the library for less than a year and owners may prefer more permanent tenants.
The county is handling all negotiations and is continuing to search for a site.
County Librarian Helen Fried said in an email that more than 40 sites around the city had been considered, but were either rejected as impractical or landlords not wanting to pursue a short-term lease.
Other options, including a book-mobile, are under consideration, Gudgeirsson said.