BOOK IT TO THE LIBRARY
Round Rock flips the first page on a brand-new public library
After closing its Main Street location in December, Round Rock Public Library is opening a brand-new building on East Liberty Avenue with a celebration on January 28.
Located a block north from the original, 43,000-square-foot facility, the new library building is three stories tall and spans about 66,000 square feet. It was designed by international architecture firm PGAL, Inc. One of the goals with the new library was to expand its services to people of all ages. The first floor will have classrooms, the second floor will have study rooms, and the third floor will have areas for quiet working or studying. There will be additional space for activities and crafts, dedicated story time rooms, early learning areas, and spaces for programs and collections.
“This is truly a library for the community, intended to serve people from all walks of life,” said Round Rock Mayor Craig Morgan. “This building, and the programming that will happen in it, will help shape the future of Round Rock.”
Significant thought was also put into the outdoor areas of the new state-of-the-art facility. The first-floor public courtyard will feature a flexible artificial turf lawn with fun lighting and outdoor furniture sets for all visitors to enjoy. The rooftop will spotlight a wood-decked discovery garden and artificial turf labyrinth, perfect for children. The library’s parking garage will have a screen for movie nights or community gatherings.
The grand opening comes a decade after the 2013 bond election where voters first approved funding for the project. Construction company Hensel Phelps spearheaded the project after breaking ground in June 2021. Round Rock’s General Self Finance Construction fund also helped pay for the new building, with Type B sales tax revenues funding the cost of the 289-stall parking garage. In all, the entire cost of the new library was $34.7 million, while the parking garage cost $13.4 million.
The general public can join the grand opening of the new Round Rock Public Library building, located at 200 East Liberty Avenue, from 2-6 pm on Saturday, January 28. Rain or shine, the outdoor ceremony will start at 2 pm, followed by the grand opening at 2:30 pm. Families are encouraged to attend to learn more about the new facility and to participate in family-friendly activities. More information about the Round Rock Public Library system is available at roundrocktexas.gov.