Our Library Projects

“The Foundation has transformed every aspect of the library experience. People are staying longer, using materials more, and attendance has almost doubled since the Foundation helped fund our library renovation projects.”

– Gretchen Pruett, Library Director
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Library Construction

Raised $300,000 in matching funds for the construction of the main library, projects and its furnishings.

Raising funds for the Community Garden and other enhancements for the Westside branch. Construction to begin in 2021.

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Teen Corner

Created a Teen Corner with retro murals and lighting, encouraging teens to stay longer and use more materials provided just for them. Circulation in that area almost doubled. Approximate cost: $15,000
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Starbucks Coffee Kiosk

Installed a Starbucks coffee kiosk, which was one of the library projects that encouraged patrons to stay in the library for extended times. This has resulted in a more productive utilization of library services and created a feeling of community and camaraderie not seen in many public facilities. Some consider it to be the “heart of the library.” Approximate cost: $5,000

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Children’s Room

Completely renovated the 3,000-square-foot Children’s Room, partnering with the Edwards Aquifer Authority to educate children and families about the ecosystem of the Comal River and springs. The number of children attending library programs has grown to more than 13,000 annually. Approximate cost: $150,000


Raised more than $240,000 to purchase the RIOmobile, New Braunfels’ first “traveling library,” to bring services to children, seniors and others with limited mobility.


Funded a study that proved using adjacent building was not economically feasible at Westside Community Center, thus leading to the 2019 Bond approval for a brand-new library facility at Westside. Library project construction will begin in 2021. Approximate cost: $20,000

Book Kiosk

Supplied a book kiosk located inside Das Rec, which provides on-the-go library services to recreation center customers and fosters interdepartmental city partnership. Approximate cost: $10,000


Raised over $50,000 to purchase a transit van which serves as a complementary “traveling library” to the RIOmobile. The RIOrover library project brings books and library materials to the homebound and to senior citizen centers and retirement homes, as well as transporting materials between branches.

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