A conceptual rendering of the new Spicewood Community Library. Plans include an upstairs loft to accommodate future growth. The project is estimated to cost $2 million. Courtesy image
The Spicewood Community Library is seeking donations to help build a new $2 million facility. Current plans include designated areas for all age groups, spaces for quiet reading, dedicated staff offices, a book processing room, and an upstairs loft to accommodate future growth.
Bidding for the project is underway, and the full plans are online.
“The Spicewood area needs an updated facility to provide adequate library services,” said Amanda Rose, director of the Marble Falls Public Library and staff manager for the Spicewood facility at 1011 Spur 191. Both are part of the Burnet County Library System.
Plans were shaped by a Friends of the Spicewood Library survey of patrons in 2022. The nonprofit fundraising group provides land, structures, content, and pays the bulk of the operating expenses for the library.
“Our patrons responded with resounding needs for dedicated areas for all age groups, expansion of community programs for all ages, and … technology like high-speed internet and patron computers, including some in private areas for tele-visits,” Friends group President Beth Cottingham said in a media statement. “In general, the survey defined the need for a more modern and usable facility.”
Additional donations are necessary to facilitate construction.
“This library has been a wonderful addition to our community for almost 17 years, offering us a free lending library, programs for adults and children, a unique boutique thrift store, and technology not generally available in our area, like high-speed internet access,” said longtime Spicewood resident and frequent library patron Jo Cornel. “I look forward to seeing the plans for the new building come to fruition.”