FIRST LOOK: Renderings unveiled for new Round Rock Public Library

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. (Renderings courtesy city of Round Rock)
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. (Renderings courtesy city of Round Rock)

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. (Renderings courtesy city of Round Rock)

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Outdoor spaces, such as a 4,500-square-foot courtyard on the first level, are a key component to the facility's design, said Library Director Michelle Cervantes.
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The new library will be approximately 65,000 square feet, Cervantes said.
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A parking garage will add approximately 300 parking spaces to downtown Round Rock.
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A rooftop discovery garden will accommodate events such as movie nights and community gatherings, Cervantes said.
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The new public library will be located at 200 E. Liberty Ave. in Round Rock.
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The library is anticipated to open in November 2023.
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The rooftop garden will be 3,827 square feet, according to plans presented May 14.
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“This space will represent the future of Round Rock and honor the past,” Cervantes said. “It’s a place where all will be welcome.”
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Round Rock voters in November 2013 approved a $23.2 million bond to build the facility.
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“Our job is to create a sense of place,” Round Rock Mayor Craig Morgan said. “This building clearly, clearly creates a sense of place.”
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The three-story building is designed to be a flexible space that is easy to adapt, Cervantes said.
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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 Avenue.
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.

By Taylor Jackson Buchanan
Taylor Buchanan joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2018 after completing a master of journalism degree from the University of Texas. She worked as the senior reporter for Community Impact's Southwest Austin edition and is now the editor for the company's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition.


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