The only one to vote for the move was Mayor Glen Robertson. He said he had a feeling the vote would turn out the way it did, but understands the opposition. "One thing everyone can agree on is the current situation is not good," said Robertson.
The situation he is referring to is the current contract on South Loop 289 and Slide Road, where they current lease the location for almost $25,000 a month.
Some council members have expressed a desire to spend the money they currently spend on that lease on a permanent location.
The vote may have been the result of weeks of opposition from Lubbock residents.
Some residents were worried the 50th street site was not large enough and did not offer enough parking. Another issue was the location, which was further out of South Lubbock than many wanted.
"There isn't another library in south Lubbock, and the library that is there has actually been very well received, and is very well used," said Lynne Strickland, President of Friends of the Library.
Council will continue to look at other options, but Mayor Robertson said they are back to square one in their search.