The Next Chapter – Coming November 2023*
The City of Round Rock is building the new library at 200 East Liberty Avenue.
The new library will be approximately 66,000 square feet with an adjacent parking garage.
In November 2013, a majority of voters approved bonds to build a new main library, which is set to open in 2023. With additional space and modernized features, the library will expand its core services with ambitious programming that takes advantage of advanced technology. This will be offered with outdoor garden spaces, flexible conference rooms, training/educational labs, and a design that intends for RRPL to be a principal community hub of Round Rock.
In November 2013, a majority of voters approved the use of $23.2 million in bond proceeds to build a new main library, and renovate the existing library or build a new branch library. With additional space, the library will expand its core services to children, teens and adults, as well as technology and more types of meeting spaces and program rooms.
A new 65,000 square-foot Main Library with structured parking, located on the block directly north of the current library site, will replace the existing 43,000 square-foot library at East Main and Sheppard.
Completion date: 2023
Area: 65,000 square feet
This chart shows the process that PGAL, the project architects, will use in designing the new library. VIEW CHART
On Friday, June 22, 1962, RRPL opened in a room measuring 12 feet by 18 feet as a community service project of the Round Rock Home Demonstration Club. There was no air conditioning, bathroom, or telephone. The library was open from 2-5 p.m. and library cards were 10 cents each. The library quickly outgrew this space and moved to its current location at 216 East Main Street in 1965, sharing the space with various City Hall offices. Multiple renovations have occurred in the ensuing decades, including City Hall moving into its own new space in 1987. The two-story limestone building has served us for all the years since.
PGAL’s design team has begun conceptual layouts of the new Public Library. With the help of Library staff, they have identified two potential layouts that meet the building needs of the Library, that include a parking garage, and save the monarch oak tree, located on the site. The design team is currently working through the architectural process to take the concepts into Schematic Design.
PGAL concludes the discovery and programming phase of design. This phase included meetings with every City department and with the Downtown Neighborhood Association. High-level requirements that will ultimately shape the design of the library were collected during these discussions. The design team will now begin conceptual design which will consist of a site layout and a building floorplan. The Schematic Design phase is expected to last four months.
PGAL begins discovery and programming phase of library design with a project kick-off meeting with library staff. This phase of design is anticipated to last 2 months.
PGAL is selected as the library project architect. The architectural and engineering services agreement includes a comprehensive needs assessment, program development, design and construction administration.
The project is still in the initialization phase. Progress has been made in discovering site conditions by performing a geotechnical investigation and environmental survey. The initial architect interview process has been completed. The selection team is preparing to negotiate a contract. The project is still on track to have an architectural agreement negotiated and approved by City Council before January 2018.
Three architecture firms were interviewed and once the selection process is completed, contract negotiation and City Council approval is expected to last through the end of the year.
Seventeen architectural firms responded to the request for qualification and the selection process for a design team is in progress.
June 2017 — Released a public advertisement for Request for Statement of Interests and Qualifications. “The City of Round Rock seeks the services of qualified consultants for professional architectural services and design services related to the following: New Construction of a Multi-Story Public Library.”