With construction of the new library in the Bell District about 70% complete, the Cedar Park Public Library Foundation has launched a fundraising campaign to raise $1.5 million to put toward enhancing the new space.

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Funds raised in the Imagine the Possibilities campaign will expand the new library’s resources and equip it with advanced technology, according to the foundation. The funding will be used for the following upgrades:
  • Enhancing the book collection
  • Expanding the Library of Things to include STEM kits, educational toys and more
  • An interactive water table, or a museum-like exhibit providing learning opportunities
  • Artwork
  • Accessible technology
As of April 19, the foundation has raised $900,000 toward the $1.5 million goal, said Sunnie Fox with the Cedar Park Public Library Foundation. The fundraising campaign will continue through June 1.

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Located at 425 Parkwest Drive, the new library is on track to open this fall. Library Director Julia Mitschke said the remaining work includes building and interior finishes in addition to landscaping.

Mitschke said the new library will be 47,000 square feet, which is nearly twice as large as the current library at 25,500 square feet.

One of the main goals of the Cedar Park Public Library is to be a civic gathering space, designed to encourage users of all ages to visit, according to previous Community Impact reporting.

The new library’s courtyard space will be surrounded by dozens of large heritage trees and have a fenced youth area, gathering spaces, contemplation spaces and an exterior fountain.

Furthermore, Bell Park—a 15 acre park currently under construction—will be adjacent to the library and feature new trails and a play structure.

“To see this come to fruition is amazing,” council member Anne Duffy said. “There’s going to be so much for all age groups; it’s going to be really exciting.”