For many years people have asked, “Has the City ever considered expanding the Library?” Over the past 18 months the answer to that question has really taken on a life of its own with several exciting possibilities. 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:
In early 2017, the idea of a new Library located in Carillon was discussed for the first time. Now, as Council considers the possibilities, the Library is working towards implementing some of the recommendations made during the study while in its current space.
The Library has been able to respond immediately to some of the customer requests resulting from the survey. Earlier this year, the Library has enhanced its online digital offerings with the new Cloud Library. This change allowed the Library to expand from 1,707 titles to more than 65,000 titles. The Library has also added digital magazines options through the Flipster mobile application, which allowed it to offer a larger number of magazine titles with an easy-to-use interface. These enhancements and others helped make the 2017 summer reading program the best ever with more than 46,000 visitors during the three-month period.
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.