Library Expansion

Allen Public Library is growing! Plans are underway for a large expansion to add up to 45,000 sq. ft. to the current library location. Construction is expected to begin in 2022 with projected completion in 2023.

Next steps

Hidell and Associates Architects, Inc. is collecting community feedback to help guide conceptual designs for the library expansion project. A 30-question survey is open through August 31, 2021. The survey is designed to take 5-8 minutes to complete. Eligible participants will be registered to win an iPad!

The eight-member citizen steering committee is slated to visit four North Texas libraries which recently underwent expansion/renovation: the Bedford Public Library, the Coppell Public Library, the John and Judy Gay Library in McKinney and the George W. Hawkes Downtown Library in Arlington.

Results of this feedback will be incorporated into the conceptual design of the facility. Floorplans, landscaping and exterior elevations are expected to be presented to Allen City Council by the end of 2021.

TAKE THE SURVEY: Now through August 31!

promotional graphic for library survey

Funding

Allen voters approved more than $16 million for library improvements during the 2016 bond election, with a library expansion identified as the primary need to meet anticipated demand of the City’s future population.

Previous improvements

The 2016 bond program also covered the cost of a previous parking lot expansion which added more than 100 spaces in 2017.

Allen Public Library parking lot expansion (2017)

Aerial view of Allen Public Library parking expansion

Project timeline

May 2021 - Architects met with focus groups consisting of library staff members to identify strengths/weaknesses of the current facility and perceived needs for the future.

April 13, 2021 - Allen City Council approved architectural contract with Hidell and Associates Architects, Inc. for conceptual design, floorplans, landscaping and exterior elevations.

May 7, 2016 - Allen voters approve $16 million in bond funding for Library capital projects

Steering Committee

An eight-member citizen steering committee participates in regular meetings with architects and other project stakeholders.

  • Eileen Tollett, Chair
  • Jane Bennett
  • Steve Benson
  • John Holley
  • Rekha Mathai
  • Geoffrey Smith
  • Toni Vincent
  • Laura Wooten