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. collected community feedback in a 30-question survey which closed August 2021. The feedback will help guide conceptual designs for the expansion project.

An eight-member steering committee comprised of Allen residents is slated to visit four North Texas libraries that recently underwent expansion/renovation: Bedford Public Library, Coppell Public Library, John and Judy Gay Library in McKinney, and 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.

Allen Public Library parking lot expansion (2017)

Aerial view of Allen Public Library parking expansion

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.

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