Missouri City Branch Library closing a year for renovations

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This artist rendering shows what the renovated Missouri City Branch Library will look like when construction is complete next year. The library is closing at the end of the month and will remain closed for 10-12 months.

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Missouri City Branch Library, located at 1530 Texas Parkway, will close for renovations beginning Monday, July 31.

The library will remain closed for approximately 10 to 12 months. Renovation and expansion of the Missouri City Branch Library is the first phase of a $19.8-million bond referendum approved by voters in November 2015, which included $6.4 million for the Missouri City Branch Library project and $13.4 million for a new library to be built on the north side of the county.

Built in 1992, the Missouri City Branch Library was the fourth library built in the library system. The 18,462-square-foot library was the first of four new branches built with funds voted for in the 1989 bond election.

The current renovation and expansion project will include a 9,600-square-foot, three-story addition to the existing library. The additional space will be used for a computer lab, study rooms, and meeting spaces.

“The area served by the Missouri City Branch Library has grown and changed considerably since the library was originally built,” said County Librarian Clara Russell. “When the library was first built, it was designed to meet the needs of the community at that time. No one could have imagined how much the digital age would change all of our lives.

Use of electronic resources – such as computers, the Internet, WiFi, and circulation of digital ebooks and audiobooks – have all shown increases at the Missouri City Branch Library, so the addition of a computer lab will definitely help us meet those needs of our library patrons.”

The library’s technology system will be upgraded to allow RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) capability, which will speed up the check-out/check-in of library materials. New RFID self-check stations will be installed in the adult and youth areas.

The renovation will also include an expansion of the library’s meeting room space, which is used for library programs and community gatherings.

“Our adult and teen programs have really seen an increase in attendance, so the additional space being added to that room will be very helpful for all of our programs,” Russell said.

During the period that the library is closed for renovations, books and other items that have been checked out from the Missouri City Branch Library may be returned to any of the nine branch libraries in the Fort Bend County Library system. Anyone needing meeting space is encouraged to reserve a room at one of Fort Bend County Libraries’ other branches in the area.

Children and adults who are participating in the Summer Reading Club may pick up their rewards at any of the other library branches. The last day to pick up Summer Reading Club rewards is Aug. 31.

The last day to check out Nooks or LaunchPads from the Missouri City Branch Library is Saturday, July 15. The eReaders checked out from the Missouri City Branch Library cannot be returned to any other library, and must be returned by Saturday, July 22.

The pick-up location for items that have been requested and placed on hold for pick-up at the Missouri City Branch Library will default to the Sienna Branch Library during the renovation period, unless the library patron chooses a different pick-up location. The Sienna Branch Library is located at 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd in Missouri City.

Other libraries nearby include the Mamie George Branch Library (320 Dulles Ave in Stafford), the First Colony Branch Library (2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land), and the Sugar Land Branch Library (550 Eldridge).

“We want to remind everyone that they still have access to many library resources online 24/7,” Russell said. “The library’s resources that can be accessed through our website – such as the databases, Homework Help, Ask-a-Librarian chat, Cloud Library and OverDrive eBooks, Hoopla movies and music, and other online services – will still be available from any computer outside the library that has an Internet connection.”

For more information, call 281-633-4734.

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