The grand-opening ceremony of Fort Bend County Libraries’ University Branch Library took place on Thursday, November 10, at the new library, located at 14010 University Blvd. in Sugar Land. The library is a joint project between Fort Bend County, the University of Houston System at Sugar Land, and Wharton County Junior College. The grand opening was officiated by Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert, who was joined by other county, university, and local officials.
The library sits on the University of Houston-System Sugar Land campus. The new library, constructed by E.E. REED Construction and designed by Bailey Architects of Houston, is a two-story building of 40,193 square feet, making it the third largest library in the system.
The library includes community meeting rooms, study rooms, a puppet theater, and a computer lab for technology classes and general public use. Additional computers will be available for public use outside of the computer lab. The library has free WiFi access for individuals wishing to bring their own laptop computers to the library.
Beginning the week of November 14, the Youth Services department will have a full range of children’s programs. The library will offer introductory computer classes for adults. Patrons may learn computer basics such as how to use a computer, how to search the Internet, and how to use Microsoft Office programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
The University Branch Library will utilize Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology in its check-out system. This feature is built in to the outside and inside book drops, and enables items to be automatically checked in as they are returned in the book drop. The University library has self-check machines with RFID technology in the Circulation (check-out) department, and in the Adult Services department, and Youth Services departments.
The hours of operation for the new branch library will be as follows: Monday, 12:00 noon – 9:00 pm; Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00 am – 9:00 pm, Wednesday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; Friday, 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm; and Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. The library will be closed on Sundays.
For more information, call the library’s Public Information Office at 281-341-2677.