The Ames Library Board of Trustees plans to allow an executive committee to review leases for temporary library locations after a plan to rent the former Hastings store fell through.
The board meets 7 p.m. tonight and allowing the executive committee to review the leases for potential location is on the agenda.
The trustees expect that the library will be closed between Nov. 16 and Dec. 10 so that the $20 million library renewal project can begin.
Voters approved an $18 million bond for the project in November, the rest of the construction cost is expected to be funded through donations. The architect offered some drawings of what the expanded and renewed library might look like earlier this year.
Ames Public Library officials learned Wednesday that another retailer was interested in leasing the Hastings site near the East Hy-Vee but won't know for sure until Tuesday.
Lynne Carey, the library's interium director, said that prompted the library to move forward with plan B, which was seriously exploring other locations, like the North Grand Mall.
"We really want to do everything humanly possible to stay on our timeline," Carey said.
The city hoped to rent both the former Hastings and Harrison Sports stores in the East HyVee shopping center while the current building undergoes construction. A third location at 809 E. Lincoln Way will be used for storage and the Bookmobile. The lease has already been signed for that location.