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May 11, 2012 at 6:54 PM

2 public-library buildings up for sale in Tacoma

More  than a year ago, the city of Tacoma closed two libraries. Now, The News Tribune reports, both the Swan Creek and Martin Luther King Jr. library buildings are for sale.

The city is accepting bids until May 22, with minimum bids of $400,000 for the Swan Creek building, on the East Side, and $660,000 for the MLK building in central Tacoma. The city has said it will consider how well potential owners would meet the needs of surrounding neighborhoods in choosing winning bids.

The News Tribune said the library trustees, who closed the branches in January 2011 to help close a $2 million budget shortfall, originally had hoped to keep the money from the sale inside the library system. But they learned that city would conduct the sale, with the City Council determining how the funds would be disbursed.

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