North Richland Hills Public Library
In the rapidly growing suburban city of North Richland Hills, Texas, a community of 60,000 near Fort Worth, the citizens are enjoying a new public library. During the past 30 years, the North Richland Hills Library has been housed in a shopping center, City Hall and most recently a renovated church. The new central location is in a town center that will be home to residences, shops and other cultural facilities.
The 54,000-s.f. library provides traditional library services, a fun children’s area, local history collection area, Friends of the Library bookstore, café, coffee shop and gift store. Additional spaces include public meeting rooms, tutoring rooms, computer labs, a conference room and administrative offices.
The building uses traditional Texas civic building forms and materials. It has a shaded north entry courtyard to allow outside activities in the hot climate. A more stately entry faces the civic green. The library was planned for expansion, and favorable bids allowed this space to be added during initial construction.
The citizens of North Richland Hills are very excited about their new library!