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Storytime under the reading tree 1978The Lewisville Public Library has a long history of serving the Lewisville community. The Library started in the early 1950s as volunteer run community library. In 1965, Opal Oswalt was hired as the first full time professionally trained librarian. On September 1, 1968, the City designated the Library as a city department and Cynthia Bennett was hired as the first Library Director. In 1990, the Friends of the Lewisville Public Library was established as a volunteer group, providing support to the Library. December 1992 saw the installation of the automation system, shifting from a manual system of managing the Library's collection and records to an electronic circulation system and online catalog. Over 100,000 books were barcoded! 

Computer demonstration June 1992In it's over 50 year history, the Lewisville Public Library has been located in seven different buildings (see list below), and at one time maintained two locations for several years. In 1989, the Library relocated to the Municipal Annex at 1197 W. Main Street at the northeast corner of Main Street and Civic Circle. The Library added it's first public computers in 1998 with eight PCs that offered Microsoft Office and the Internet. Teens got their own area and collection in 1998.  

In 2002, voters approved the 4B sales tax which provided funding for a major library expansion. In July 2005, ground broke on the expansion that would more than triple the size of the Library building. The library space that was part of the Municipal Annex was renovated to become the Cynthia Bennett Children's Wing, and the building was expanded to include the two floors that house the Adult, Teen, World Language, and media collections you see today. The newly expanded Lewisville Public Library grand opening was held February 17, 2007. The expansion also included a computer lab, meeting rooms, study rooms, a drive-up window, additional public computers, and wireless internet.

In 2006, the Library incorporated radio frequency identification (RFID) on all materials, allowing for the addition of the self-check out service, security gates, and smartchutes for automatic check-in of materials. RFID implementation greatly improved patron service, as well as the automation and management of the Library collections. 

Things just keep getting better at the Lewisville Public Library! Below is a list of some of the exciting resources, services and programs implemented in the last few years.

 2012
 2015
 2016
  • Library Document Station for fax and scanning
  • Mobile Printing
  • charging stations for mobile devices
  • bicycle FitIt Station (east side of Library, next to bike rack)
  • tethered iPads for kids in the Children's Wing
 2017
  • Bennett Program Room expansion
  • circulating mobile hotspots
  • FitDesk
  • addition of a Bilingual Librarian
  • laptops for public use in the Library
  • outdoor seating area (west entrance)
 2018

 

LIBRARY LOCATIONS THROUGH THE YEARS

Basement of Old Presbyterian Church
southeast corner of Church and Charles Streets

1961  Old Presbyterian Church
Old post office building
151 W. Church Street
northeast corner of Church and Charles Streets
1969-1971  old post office library location
southeast corner of Charles & Walters 1971-1989  lewisville library 1971-89

Municipal Annex
1197 W. Main Street
northeast corner of Main St. and Civic Circle
24,000 square feet

1989-2006

 library annex location 1989-2006

 old library annex entrance

Old Library building at Charles & Walters renovated to serve as the Old Town Branch Library  1993-2001  lewisville library 1971-1989
1197 W. Main Street
In 2007, the expansion saw the Library building increase to 77,800 square feet!
2007-present

 Lewisville Library Building east side Lewisville Library west side


DIRECTORS OF THE LEWISVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY

 1968-1999  Cynthia Bennett
 1999-2015  Ann Wiegand
 2015-present  Carolyn Booker

 

LIbrary east entrance 2018
Library Staff 2018
boy reading 2014
boys at Chess Club 1978a
catalog computers c1994
charging station 2016
Children's wing & sculpture 2018
Children's Wing Dedication 2007
Computer demonstration 1992
computers on 2nd floor 2017
Crochet Corner 2017
library directors - Booker, Bennett, Wiegand 2018
fossil demo June 1984
Friends of the Library 2014
Friends of the Library book sale 2012
girl learning at Early Literacy Station 2015
girls at Chess Club 1978
kids craft c1980s
Lewisville fire fighters at Summer Reading Kickoff 2017
Library bay window 2017
Library Board meeting Dec 2012
library catalog computers c1994
library computers 2017
Library Construction Feb 2006
Library Director Ann Wiegand 2007
Library expansion groundbreaking 2005
library expansion construction 2006
Library float at Western Days Parade 2014
Library Learning Garden 2018
library moving day Sept 2006
Library staff 2012
Library staff c2000
Library staircase 2018
Library Teen Advisory Group at Spring Clean-Up 2018
Library Teen Advisory Group selfie 2016
magic show c1988
outdoor seating added 2017
pajama storytime 1988
patron using laptop in lounge chair 2016
Point Bank donation 2014
Police fingerprint techniques June 1984
prime explorations STEM program 2016
self check out 2010
Library Staff 2013
shelving c1980s
Storytime c1990
storytime c1990s
storytime c1995
Point Bank donation 2017
storytime c2010
storytime outdoors c1987
Storytime under the reading tree 1978
Summer Reading 1985
Summer Reading program 1979
Teen Fandom Frenzy 2015
The Hive makerspace 2018
The Hive grand opening May 2018
weaving demo June 1994
woman reading 2010
word scrabble game c1988