With rooftop gardens, classroom space, conference rooms and more, plans for the new Round Rock Public Library were displayed for the first time May 14.

“This space will represent the future of Round Rock and honor the past,” said Library Director Michelle Cervantes. “It’s a place where all will be welcome.”

The new, approximately 65,000-square-foot library is anticipated to be complete in November 2023. Round Rock voters in November 2013 approved a $23.2 million bond to build the facility.

“Our job is to create a sense of place,” Round Rock Mayor Craig Morgan said. “This building clearly, clearly creates a sense of place.”

The three-story building is designed to be a flexible space that is easy to adapt, Cervantes said. Plans include designated spaces for quiet work or study, technology rooms and spaces for arts and crafts.

In April 2019, Round Rock City Council approved a nearly $4.5 million purchase of approximately 2.4 acres for the library at 200 E. Liberty Ave.

The site is one block north of the library’s current location at 216 E. Main St. The current library was built in 1962 and is a 43,000-square-foot facility.