For many years people have asked, “Has the City ever considered expanding the Library?” Expanded collections, more natural light, dedicated programming space and easy parking are just a few of the things that residents have said are important, and as we move forward on the possibilities of a new space we want to keep you informed.
As part of the Southlake 2030 Comprehensive Plan recommendations, staff was asked in 2016 to conduct a site analysis study for the Library to determine future programming, service and facility requirements. As part of that study, staff conducted focus groups with the City Council and several other stakeholder groups. Then, a public survey was conducted. Between the focus groups and the data gathered from the survey, several main goals were identified. The City's consultant, Hidell Associates Architects, prepared a report, utilizing results to determine what type of physical footprint it would take to make those goals happen. Here are some of the options:
The Library has been able to respond to some of the customer requests resulting from the survey. To improve the collection size, the digital library was enhanced by entering into a partnership with over 30 other libraries to share eBooks and audiobooks. This expanded the digital collection from around 2,700 titles to over 150,000 titles for Southlake residents to explore and check out.
The Library also added other online services including digital magazines through Flipster and live, online tutoring with Brainfuse. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Library began offering curbside pickup, which has also helped to ease parking and access issues for adults and busy families.
The Council is looking into many possibilities and a new location for our Library may be one of them. This page will be updated as progress is made. In the meantime, tell us what you think You can contact us 24/7 here or call us at (817) 748-8243.