The Frisco Public Library will reopen at the beginning of February in a new location at 8000 Dallas Parkway, moving from its original location at the George A. Purefoy Municipal Center.
The new location will feature more than 15,000 square feet of space, tripling its original size, reported Community Impact.
“When we started planning this new library, we wanted it to be something that would serve the needs of this community upon build out,” said Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney. “It would be that sense of community pride for all of Frisco.”
The new building is a former Beal Aerospace Technologies rocket factory. It has two floors and an open-space area that can accommodate multiple rooms for different community events and meeting spaces.
“I think that we have exceeded anyone’s expectations,” Cheney said. “When … they walk through those doors the first time, I think there’s gonna be a lot of wow moments from the public.”
The new home for the library comes after a 2019 vote by the Frisco community to use a $62 million bond for the library’s relocation.
The primary reason for the relocation was the lack of space at the old location, with full library shelves and circulation going beyond 1.37 million.
The old library closed its doors officially on December 9. The new library will open with more than 24,000 new books, according to Elizabeth Chase, material services handler for the Frisco Library.
“I’m really excited for the collection to have breathing room,” Chase said. “The shelves won’t be 90% full anymore. They’ll be about half full. … We want to have room to grow as the community continues to grow.”
The design of the new library leaves room for two 20-person meeting spaces, three 12-person conference rooms, and more than four smaller conference rooms.
One room is even designed to have no technology and feature furniture such as coffee tables. The room is called the “unconference room.”
The new library was designed by the Gensler architectural firm, which developed the location to inspire thoughts of being in the Blackland Prairies.
But Cheney said the new library’s purpose was to give visitors new experiences each day.
“What’s being created there is going to be a place that people just want to be at,” Cheney said.