History of the Library

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In 1979, a group of concerned Cedar Park citizens brought a proposition before the Mayor and City Council advocating for a local library. The City Council approved the first yearly budget for the library, and dedicated volunteers worked diligently to establish the Cedar Park Public Library.

In December of 1980, the city hired Pauline Lam to serve as the Library Director. The Library officially opened on January 17, 1981 in a small facility in Cedar Park Plaza. The Library was moved to a remodeled laundromat a year later. Through the support of the community and the City of Cedar Park, the Library completed construction on a new 7,000 square-foot building at 550 Discovery Boulevard in September of 1990. In order to continue to meet the needs of the Cedar Park area, the library expanded its facility to 25,000 square-feet in 2001 through a bond passed by the citizens of Cedar Park and the fund raising efforts of the Library Foundation. In 2015, the Founding Library Director Pauline Lam retired and Julia Mitschke became the Library Director. In 2015, the citizens of Cedar Park passed a bond proposition for a new or expanded Library facility.

Throughout the 35-year history, the library has received close to a million dollars from various grants. Among the grants that were either one time or aggregates of over $10,000 were those from HEB Grocery Store, Lakeline Development Company, Library Services and Construction Act Title II Grant from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, Time Warner Cable, The Tocker Foundation, Telecommunication Infrastructure Fund, the Dell Foundation’s Literate Community Grant, and Impact Grants from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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The first library building, a 500 sq. ft. store front in the Cedar Park Plaza (1980-1981).
 
 
 
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The 2nd library building, a 1,500 sq ft remodeled Laundromat, at 120 Commercial Parkway (1981-1990).

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 The original 7,300 sq ft permanent building at 550 Discovery Blvd (1990-2000).

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Expanded 25,500 sq ft library building at 550 Discovery Blvd (2001-present).