Nanakuli is one step closer to getting a new public library.

The city Department of Planning and Permitting sent a letter to City Council members on Friday recommending that they approve the plan.

Council members have about two months before they have to make a decision about the library, which would cost $15 million and be 18,000 square feet.

The state Department of Accounting and General Services submitted the application on behalf of the state Department of Education.

The application calls for the library to be built in 2014 right by Nanaikapono Elementary School.

A public hearing about the project was held on Sept. 30 but lasted just four minutes because no one came to testify.

According to a post in the Leeward Reporter, a community news site for the leeward coast of Oahu, the library has been in the works for several years and is much-needed:

This rural town has had to rely on a monthly visit by the State Library Bookmobile which usually ran out of books and selection by the time it reached Nanakuli after its other stops along the leeward coast.  For decades residents have been disappointed by the lack of books and its limited selection of titles.

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