The construction of a new public library in the Bee Cave has come a step closer after the city council approved measures allowing the city to begin searching for architectural firms and a site manager to oversee the project at the September 27 meeting .
Although the city is not requesting a further commitment at this time, city officials recommend considering the library’s eventual location. The new library is tentatively earmarked for the development of The Backyard, a new multipurpose development area expected to open in 2024 west of Bee Cave Central Park.
Bee Cave Mayor Kara King said she was enthusiastic about the proposals for the new library.
“When I came to the council nine years ago, our library was too small. So that’s a long time coming,” she said.
Bee Cave City manager Clint Garza said the city has already received proposals from various firms looking to undertake construction projects and expects to receive some for architecture soon as well.
Further development plans are not expected to be available for library planning until January.
As of March 2021, the Bee Cave has approximately 8,879 residents within city limits, according to city documents. This number is estimated at 15,000 by 2038. According to the city, a new public library is needed to meet the department’s current needs and future growth.
The new public library will be an approximately 24,000-square-foot, three-story building. New amenities include offices for administrative purposes, a separate work area for technical services, checkout desks on both floors, reference desks on both floors, floor and shelving space for over 45,000 books, and laptop docking stations.
Also on all floors there will be family restrooms, meeting rooms open to the public, a large public conference room, indoor and outdoor book return, a family play area and reading room, a separate youth program area, a quiet reading room, individual study rooms, usable outdoor areas for reading or working, and a unique range of games for children.