League City hosting town hall Dec. 12 about library needs

League City library, Helen Hall Library, library stock image photo
(Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)

(Jake Magee/Community Impact Newspaper)

Now that consultants' recommendations to address League City's library needs are public, the city will host a town hall to gather feedback from residents.

In January, the city hired design firms PGAL and 720 Design to evaluate League City's library needs. In October, the consultants recommended four different options for addressing these needs:

  • Build a 42,000-square-foot west-side library by 2023; build a 42,000-square-foot east-side library and expand the west-side library 40,000 square feet by 2028; and build a new 80,000-square-foot central library by 2033. The total cost of this option is estimated at about $131.65 million.

  • Build a 42,000-square-foot west side library by 2023; build a new 80,000-square-foot central library by 2028; expand the west-side library another 40,000 square feet by 2033; build an 42,000-square-foot east-side library by 2038; and expand the east-side library by 40,000 square feet by 2043. The total cost of this option is estimated at about $157.45 million.

  • Build a new 122,000-square-foot central library by 2025 and expand it by 50,000 square feet by 2030. The total cost of this option is estimated at about $106.6 million.

  • Build a new 170,000-square-foot central library by 2025. The total cost of this option is estimated at about $105 million.



League City has a single library—Helen Hall Library—that is 29,000 square feet and has been since it was built in 1985. Based on League City's population, which is growing by thousands of residents per year, League City should have a library at least twice as big but up to three to four times larger, consultants said.


Additionally, League City's library should be more than a warehouse for books but a destination for locals to meet, study, use technology and more, they said.

Residents who want to weigh in on library needs can do so at a town hall Dec. 12 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Helen Hall Library, 100 W. Walker St., League City. Refreshments will be served.
By Jake Magee
Jake Magee has been a print journalist for several years, covering numerous beats including city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be the editor for and launch the Bay Area edition of Community Impact Newspaper.

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