City seeks input on new Cedar Park Public Library

The library will be located in the new Bell District. (Rendering courtesy city of Cedar Park)

The library will be located in the new Bell District. (Rendering courtesy city of Cedar Park)

Cedar Park’s new library in the future Bell District is anticipated to begin construction next year for a spring 2024 opening, according to the city. The city is seeking feedback in a community survey for its first of several public input opportunities for the library.

Residents can access the survey online in English or Spanish. The survey closes Feb. 28. Those surveyed can also volunteer for virtual focus groups about the new library, according to the city.

The 40,000-square-foot, multistory library will be about 57% larger than the existing city library, according to the city, and feature an outdoor area for library and nonlibrary events. City Council approved a $3.11 million design agreement with Lake Flato Architects in December. Cedar Park voters approved a bond proposition to fund the new library in 2015.

The public library reached its 40th anniversary in January. It first opened at the Cedar Park Plaza Shopping Center in 1981 and moved to a remodeled laundromat later in the year, according to the city. The library moved to its current location in 1990 and expanded in 2001.

The library is part of the Bell Boulevard Redevelopment Project's first phase. Phase 1 also includes a social hub, two blocks of restaurants and shops, a park, a greenbelt and district parking. Phase 1 will begin after the completion of the Bell Boulevard road realignment.

By Taylor Girtman

Reporter, Cedar Park and Leander

Taylor Girtman became the reporter for the Cedar Park-Leander edition in February 2020. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Florida.