From the Austin American-Statesman:
Despite shifting consumer trends that have pushed booksellers like Borders to close their doors, consultants hired by the city say research shows libraries are still thriving — and Round Rock should expand its library services to keep up with a growing population.
Godfrey’s Associates, a national consulting firm specializing in public and academic libraries, is proposing that the city build a $39 million new main library and lease two branch libraries at more than $1.3 million each, as well as increase staffing at the facilities.
“The biggest driver of the need for library space is not the book collection, it’s the people collection — the number of persons who come into the library who need space to work, to study, to research, to recreate, to relax, to educate,” Dick Waters told the City Council at a Jan. 24 meeting.
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