The Wimberley Village Library is planning for a future in which it provides new services, new programs, and new spaces for all of its patrons.
Our expansion is for the young people of today and tomorrow, as well as for members of the community who look to the library, not just for materials to read and watch, but also for an environment where group learning and collaboration can take place.
About Wimberley Village Library Foundation
The Wimberley Village Library Foundation was incorporated as a Texas nonprofit in 2005. The foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit, tax-exempt corporation. Its purpose is to build community support and raise funds to provide the tools and facilities necessary to advance learning opportunities at the Wimberley Village Library. The foundation is governed by a board of directors members of which are elected in accordance with Texas law and bylaws of the organization.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is overseeing the planned expansion of the Library?
The Library District Board of Trustees is ultimately responsible for all Library expenditures and operations, so they are the overriding authority. They have bought land adjoining existing Library property, hired a project management firm to oversee the entire venture in concert with an appointed building committee, hired an architecture firm to create plans, and are closely involved with Library foundation fund-raising efforts. When the time comes, they will hire a construction company.
Where can I see drawings of the planned expansion?
Paper copies of the comprehensive plan will be on view at the Library when available. Plans will also be posted here.
Why is the Library expanding?
The community has outgrown the existing space as the population and demographics of the area have changed. The population of Hays County alone is four times what it was when the original Library building went up, and the Wimberley area has grown accordingly. At the same time, the median age of residents has decreased – meaning more children need more children’s resources. In addition, few free meeting spaces are available in town. Accordingly, some of the priority expansion efforts were directed to adding children and teen space and programs, meeting spaces, additional storage space and space for more adult programs. The Library staff and members of the community conducted a comprehensive needs assessment to determine what should be included in an expansion program.
How much money do we need to raise for the expansion?
The current building expansion is budgeted at no more than $5 million.
How is this money being raised?
A private loan from Government Capital has been approved for $4million, 25 years, 3.55% interest. This loan will be paid back with sales tax revenue. Another $1 million must be raised from other sources. Other initiatives are under way. First, we are appealing to all Wimberley area folks who can donate small amounts – from $10 a month, to single bequests under $1,000. We target those folks who USE the Library, asking them to give back. Second, we are appealing to wealthy individuals who support community projects. We are asking them for $1,000 to $50,000, depending on their resources. Third, we are seeking corporate donors and other philanthropic organizations that provide grants to community organizations. Fourth, the library district receives revenues from local sales taxes that are in turn used to run Library operations. The district board has frugally managed this money and is saving some each month to add to the building fund.
If the library is getting $4 million in borrowed money to build this expansion, how will my money be used? Will it be repaying the borrowed money? How can I be sure money I donate for something specific will be used for that rather than repaying debt?
The Library trustees are contractually and legally committed to paying back the $4 million loan from Government Capital with funds raised only by sales taxes. The Trustees cannot raise the sales tax revenue rate, so will exercise good stewardship to meet the repayment schedule while not affecting activities of the Library. If you are interested in designating a gift for a specific purpose, the Foundation will sign a contract with you, assuring you that your wishes are carried out.
When will the planned expansion begin and be completed?
Construction is scheduled to begin in early Spring 2022 and be completed in twelve months.
Who will actually build the expansion?
An experienced construction company will be selected, following a bidding process. The construction company will be overseen by the project management firm of AG/CM, which has offices in major Texas cities such as San Antonio and Austin, and two project managers who actually live in Wimberley. The project will be supervised by the building committee, which reports to the full board of trustees. Chair of the building committee is Aileen Edgington.
What specific changes are planned in the expansion?
a. Addition of an 8,500 square feet wing to the northwest of the present facility which will double our current space.
b. The expansion will include large children, and teen areas.
c. The children’s area will open internally to the library, and externally to an enclosed play area.
d. The expansion will include not only areas for children, and teens, but also a large meeting room seating up to 100 people. Patrons can have access to this area outside normal business hours on a prearranged basis. A small kitchen is nearby for catering to large meeting room and will be available for cooking demonstrations in the craft area.
e. Some of the existing adult area – the fiction, nonfiction, book club and large print areas – will remain unchanged in the current building.
f. The existing computer area, reference desk, Friends shelves, young adult section, DVD carousels and audio book section will become the adult area, with computers, books, DVD’s and audio books.
g. The existing meeting room will become a Friends work/sales space, allowing year-round book
h. The existing children’s room will become small and mid size meeting rooms and storage.
i. The existing restrooms will not move. Additional restrooms will be in expansion area accessible to large meeting room for after hours meeting use.
j. The existing parking lot will be expanded to the north around the library.
k. The existing parking lot entrance from FM 2325 will be widened and made one way entry. Exit will be at FM 2325 at traffic signal.
l. Following the lead of the Wimberley school district board to make Blue Hole Primary School a One-Water facility, our board has decided to make the Wimberley Village Library a modified One-Water building. We are partnering with the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University to bring this to reality.
m. The board, building committee, project manager, architect and contractor will determine the feasibility of using solar power to provide electricity for the entire completed project, and will also focus attention on the need for clean air circulation throughout.
Will all these changes be finished at the same time?
No. Construction is planned in phases, starting with the new wing and parking lot. Another phase will involve minor renovations to the existing Library and the addition of a “quiet” area by enclosing part of the south-facing porch. The new play area will also be built during this phase.
|Carrie Campbell – President||Kevin Hammond – Secretary|
|Tonda Frady – Vice President||Dennis Lee – Treasurer|
|Sophia Fox||Dell Hood|
|Aileen Edgington||Faith Hightower|
|Kristen Schmidt||Suzanne Davis|
What does the library need?
- Several spaces for small groups or individuals to meet.
- A large community room that hosts up to 100 people for programs and activities.
- Additional space for craft classes.
- A kitchen area designed and equipped for classes and other maker activities.
- More parking, to accommodate our growing activities.
- More space for books, movies and magazines.
Right now, the library has a single large space that accommodates up to 45 people, (called the Friends Multi-purpose Room), for public activities such as chair aerobics exercise class and most other children’s and adult’s programs. Everything from a go-kart rehab teen project to classes on how to make kombucha, sewing, cooking, science experiments, book clubs and a multitude of other programs aimed at patrons and members of the public keep this room in almost constant use.
Because of lack of space, some of our most popular summertime programs must be conducted on one of the two main library collections areas.
Summary of Progress
- On January 7, 2020, library personnel and representatives of the Meadows Center for Water and Environment at Texas State University met at the Wimberley Village Library. The Board of Trustees of Wimberley Village Library then approved the One Water concept for our expansion.
- On January 30, 2020 the newly formed Building Committee of Wimberley Village Library began its work. Meeting weekly since.
- Survey of the recently purchased property was completed, joining both properties into one plat by City of Wimberley.
- The new plat was approved and rezoned C-2 (Commercial 2) on March 18, 2021.
- The topographical survey of joined property was completed on May 20, 2020.
- The amount needed to be borrowed to construct the project is $4 million and this will become a debt of the library. $1 million will be raised by grants and other donors for a total $5 million project.
- LPA was hired as Project Architectural firm on March 2021 after competitive review process.
- On March 25, 2021 a Kick off meeting with LPA on scope of services was held.
- On April 7, 2021 Building Committee met with nine members of the design team, LPA and MTR (civil engineers) for a walk through the property and a program.
- On June 9, 2021 the Building Committee met with representatives of LPA architects and MTR, Civil engineers to review the conceptual design for the expansion and remodel.
- On July 8, 2021 the Wimberley Village Library Board of Trustees approved contract with Government Capital for loan of $4 million in a 25 year, 3.55% interest rate to close mid August 2021.
- On July 15, 2021 The Building Committee met with Sara Flowers, Project Architect with LPA to review schematic design of interior spaces and landscape plans.
- Fundraising efforts for $1 million are ongoing.