George Memorial Library has room to grow as new admin building opens
By Betsy Dolan
In some ways the George Memorial Library is like an empty nester–in reverse. Now that administration, which oversees all of the branches in the Fort Bend County Library system, has moved into their own building next door, the Richmond branch has extra room to grow and is adding new features and amenities.
The new 2-story administration building opened earlier this month and was part of the $130 million Fort Bend County bond referendum approved by voters in 2006. The library portion of the bond included construction of the University branch in Sugar Land; the Sienna branch in Missouri City and renovations at George Memorial.
The 17,000 square foot building sits between the George Memorial Library and the Fort Bend Country Club near Golfview Drive and FM 762.
“Deliberate attention was made to ensure that the building would blend in well with the George Memorial Library and to make the most of the surrounding landscape which includes the golf course and the library’s amphitheater”, said Communications Specialist Michele Delmar.
Delmar said the expansion was needed because the library system has grown to include 10 branches since the George Memorial Library was built in 1986.
The building will house administration, business, technology, public information, adult programming and outreach and the collection development department.
Work has already started on converting the previous administration office space on the second floor of the George Memorial Library into an internet café which will have a “teen” design and will be an after-school meeting location, complete with coffees, snacks, computers and gaming devices. In addition, 2 meeting rooms and 4 group-study rooms will be added. Work is also being done on the outdoor amphitheater and will include a fabric covering for shade.
Renovations to the George Memorial Library have included a re-vamped outside entrance, a new circulation desk, a new teen area, reconfiguring existing areas for better access and improvements to the ceiling and lighting.
There are plans to hold a grand opening celebration once the renovations are finished.
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