FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 4, 2007
Contact: Patricia Fraga, Austin Public Library, (512) 974-7528
Fax: (512) 974-7442
Community Groundbreaking Scheduled for Saturday, April 21 at 10:00 a.m.

A New Vision for Libraries in Austin-“A Home Away from Home” and Eco-
Friendly

View the architect’s presentation.

On Saturday, April 21, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. the Austin Public Library, 
City of Austin and members of this North Austin Community will come 
together for a ceremonial groundbreaking at the site of the future 
home of the North Village Branch, located at 2505 Steck Avenue (near 
the corner of Steck Ave and Burnet Road). The Austin community is 
invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony. Music, breakfast foods 
and children’s entertainment will be part of this free celebration. 
For additional information call (512) 974-7400 or visit the 
www.cityofaustin.org/library.

This library project was part of the 1998 City of Austin Bond 
Election, voters approved the funds to acquire the necessary land to 
design and construct a new branch library from its present store 
front 5,000 square feet to 10,738 square feet. By January of 2000, 
the City of Austin had successfully purchased the land required to 
double the size of the North Village Branch facility. Limbacher & 
Godfrey, Inc are the architects retained by the City of Austin to 
oversee the expansion design of this important library project, and 
Jamail & Smith Construction Company is the selected general contractor.

During the construction of this project the current North Village 
Branch located at 2139 W. Anderson Lane will remain open until the 
last phase of the construction project. The scheduled closing date 
for the current North Village Branch is November, 2008.

About the new North Village Branch Library

The North Village Branch Library will be a new 10,738 square feet 
building that serves five North Austin neighborhoods, doubling the 
size of the storefront branch it replaces. This new branch library 
will embrace a new vision for libraries in Austin. It is designed to 
be a light filled community destination, where books, computers and 
people mingle. It will feature age-appropriate places for children, 
teenagers and adults, as well as a community room for programs, clubs 
and life long learning. One notable feature will be the “Living 
Room”, a light filled space where newspapers and magazines, 
overstuffed chairs and a coffee bar set the mood. The North Village 
Branch Library will be wired. It has over 20 internet connected 
computers, and the building will be entirely WiFi (wireless) 
connected. It will also feature networked self-service equipment for 
check-out and personal library account management. The North Village 
Branch Library is designed to be “green”. It will feature a rainwater 
collection system and photovoltaic electric panels. Its walls are 
being built with an innovative structural block composed in part of 
recycled wood chips. And it is designed with a special focus on 
daylight, where natural light animates a generous reading room. The 
xeriscape landscape will feature native plants selected for their 
beauty and their drought tolerance. The City of Austin Art In Public 
Places program has selected a local glass artist, Kathleen Ash, to 
create a number of interior pieces for the Library.

For more information, contact: John W. Gillum, Library Facilities 
Planning Manager, at (512)974-7495 or email at 
john.gillum [Email address: john.gillum #AT# ci.austin.tx.us - replace #AT# with @ ].