Fort Bend County Libraries announced the soft opening of its Fulshear Branch library will occur Dec. 18. The project has been five years in the making, per previous Community Impact coverage.

The almost 42,000-square-foot library will replace the 10,400-square-foot Bob Lutts Fulshear and Simonton Branch Library, which closed May 13. It has two stories and is built on 5 acres of land near the Texas Heritage Parkway, north of FM 1093.

According to a Nov. 30 news release, a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the library is planned for January, when staff will showcase the full extent of resources and services.

What they’re saying

Library Director Clara Russell noted in the release that it's been a long time coming for the Fulshear Branch location. The scheduled opening was delayed several times due to unforeseen setbacks, vendor coordination and supply chain issues, per the release.

“[The new library] is considerably larger than the old building, so we have much more space to work with,” Russell said in a statement. “Even with the rough patches, I think we’re going to be in good shape when we open those doors.”

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The county’s Director of Facilities James Knight told Community Impact the new $14 million library is meant to support the significant population growth in the area. Fort Bend County is noted by demographers to be one of the fastest growing counties in the nation.

According to demographic firm Woods & Poole Economics, Fort Bend’s population has tripled since 2000 and is expected to reach nearly 2 million residents by 2050.