Thursday, January 31, 2013

Does Your Library Have Enough Room for its "People Collection"?

New $39 million library proposed for Round Rock. (Austin Statesman, 1/30/2013)

Round Rock Public Library Timeline (from Wikipedia)

1962.   The Round Rock Ladies Home Demonstration Club decide that the city needs a library. They organize a group of private citizens into the first Round Rock Public Library Board. Two years later, a new library opens in a remodeled automobile showroom.

1977.   The City of Round Rock assumes ownership of the library.

1978.   Structural damage forces the library to close.

1979.   The library is relocated to a temporary building.

1980.   A $0.5 million two story structure is dedicated on the original site.  (Library on the first floor, city council chamber on the second.)

1986    The need for more space requires that the building be renovated.

1996.   Round Rock citizens approve a $3.5 million bond issue to expand the library from 11,000 to 43,000 square feet.

1998.   Construction on the addition begins in March.

1999.   Construction is finished in July.

And the community's growth continues apace.

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