Smack dab in the middle of the many things that make Round Rock such a special place is our Public Library. Located in the heart of Downtown, the library is a hub of learning for Round Rock. With programming designed for kids to adults to small business, the library stays on the cutting edge of information sharing and is an incredibly valuable part of the community.
Don’t take our word for it. The Library recently received the 2018 Texas Achievement of Library Excellence Award from the Texas Municipal Library Director’s Association. Only 51 libraries out of 548 public libraries in Texas – less than 10 percent – achieved this recognition. And the Library’s Biz.ability workshops have been recognized by the U.S. Small Business Administration for helping local entrepreneurs.
It’s not just luck or the waving of Harry Potter’s wand that have created such a forward-focused institution. The Library follows a Strategic Master Plan and is well-prepared for Round Rock’s growth. After a longer-than-anticipated search for a site for a new, larger library, the City Council in April purchased property just north of the existing library for its new home.
The new, expanded library will offer much needed space to grow the Library’s many popular programs and growing collection. How popular? Here’s some data from the recently-released Library 2018 Annual Report.
Summer Reading Program
- 166,055 books read
- 51,794 hours read
- 11,591 attended programs
- 217 meals fed
- 178 programs held
- Adult Programs – 646
- Attendance Adult Programs – 6,601
- Research transactions – 34,086
- Public Internet Computer Use – 61,728
- Technology training – 13,130
- E-Resources Use – 23,906
- Print Volumes Added – 20,913
- Number of Print Books in the collection – 225,903
- Interlibrary Loan – 3,673
- Circulation Total Digital Formats – 96,831
- Circulation Total – 1,229,141
Speaking of value, the community receives a return of $8 for each dollar invested in the library. If you think that’s impressive, check out the table below. It shows the retail value of the services provided by the library, based on a calculator developed by the Massachusetts Library Association. Check out that bottom line – it shows the incredible value for the many services provided by the Library based on its budget.
|Use||Library Materials, Services||Value|
|324,056||Adult Books, Movies, CDs Borrowed||$5,939,188|
|782,946||Childrens Books, Movies, CDs Borrowed||$13,310,082|
|3,673||Interlibrary Loan Requests||$91,825|
|96,831||Digital Books, Audiobooks Downloaded||$1,452,465|
|6,601||Adult Program Attendance||$99,015|
|1,167||Young Adult Program Attendance||$14,004|
|38,469||Childrens Program Attendance||$269,283|
|61,728||Computer Use (per session)||$740,736|
|Total Expenditures, Fiscal 2018||$2,747,477|