Plano, Texas, Nov. 14, 2019– Austin Public Library will give $3.8 million to help build a new library and will donate $1 million to the Austin Public School District, the Austin American-Statesman reported.
The money is being set aside for a new “digital library,” the report said.
A previous version of this article said the new library would be located at the north end of the Texas School Library, which is the south-west of the existing library.
It’s actually a branch of the north-central library that sits in a building on the south side of the Austin School District campus.
The library will have 24 books, 12 digital copies of print books and a collection of DVDs, CDs, CDs-R, and audiobooks, according to the report.
“Our goal is to get Austin libraries back on track and on par with other cities,” said Bill Sargent, the new Austin Public Schools library board chairman.
“This is a great gift to Austin’s public schools and the people who live in Austin.”
The new library will be located on the north side of South Lamar Boulevard and the west side of East Lamar Boulevard, according the report, which noted that the building on which the library will sit has a number of parking lots.
The new building will also include a new auditorium, video room, music room, dining room, meeting room, and offices, according with the report citing a new Austin Community Land Trust deed.
The Austin Public Libraries website says the library has been in operation since 1957 and is one of the oldest public libraries in the country.
In 2016, the city acquired the Austin Library of Art from the National Endowment for the Humanities for $2.2 million.
The city will also receive $3,500 a year for life to operate the library, according for the report released Tuesday.
The UT Libraries will also pay for the new building and provide an annual subsidy of $100,000 to the UT System, the report states.