Library presents findings from visitor survey

Updated 4:41 CST Dec. 18, 2014



Editor's note: This story was updated from its original version to correctly identify the groups working on the library's master plan.



In 2014 the Cedar Park Public Library held an Internet survey to determine who uses the library and what the growing city and surrounding areas would like to see change. With input from staffers, consulting firm Hidell and Associates Architects is using the survey to draft a master plan for the library's future.



Survey results are available at www.longlivethelibrary.org. During an Oct. 29 meeting, architect Bill Hidell with Hidell and Associates Architects summarized the survey for City Council.



About 2,100 people responded to the survey. Most said they use the library in the weekday mornings and afternoons—the same time as many of the library's children's programs, the survey reported.



About 78 percent of respondents said they wanted more books, e-books and DVDs. About 71 percent said they wanted more space to hold other programs besides the library's current offerings, and 68 percent said they wanted more quiet areas.



Hidell said that given the current library facility's space and parking constraints, the city could possibly renovate or expand the facility. Or the city could build an additional 50,000-square-foot library branch by 2025, when estimates show Cedar Park could reach a population of 98,000, Hidell said.



Place 6 Councilman Don Tracy said the city could partner with a business for library expansion. Cedar Park Mayor Matt Powell suggested the city approach the library's neighboring landowner and ask to buy adjacent land for a less-costly expansion.



Katherine Woerner Caffrey, the city's director of community affairs, said staff will likely present the complete draft library master plan to City Council in January 2015.



Cedar Park Public Library, 550 Discovery Blvd., Cedar Park, 512-401-5600, www.cedarparktexas.gov/library, Hours: Mon.–Thu. 9 a.m.–9 p.m., Fri.–Sat. 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 1–6 p.m.



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