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Changes brewing for Lake Oswego Library

Will Safeco end up housing all or part of the library facilities?

The recent purchase of the Safeco Insurance campus by the city of Lake Oswego will, in all likelihood, mean big changes for Lake Oswego's public library.

On Wednesday night, the steering committee for the Safeco building listened to projections on two possibilities for the future of the library. The first would turn a large portion of the building into the new main Lake Oswego library while the second would use roughly half of the building's space but continue to use the existing downtown library as an east branch.

After visiting the Beaverton and West Linn public libraries, members of the committee met at the Safeco building and looked at detailed reports on the potential costs of both proposals and the positive and negative impacts of both scenarios.

The city of Lake Oswego closed on the purchase of the Safeco building and its accompanying 14-acre campus July 7. Voters in Lake Oswego eventually will decide whether or not to support plans for the Safeco site.

For more detailed coverage, check out next Thursday's edition of the Lake Oswego Review.