Victoria Public Library received a $15,680 grant from Humanities Texas to design an improved outdoor space.
The community initiative downtown master plan calls for renovating the exterior of the library “to provide more activation and celebrate the library as a generator of high activity”. Before the pandemic, the library received about 200,000 visits per year.
In 2021 library officials contacted library architect Maureen Arndt – now a consultant for the library strategic plan — on the possibility of creating an outdoor space plan for the library.
“Many libraries are strategically redesigning their outdoor spaces to use their space efficiently, reduce traffic density and provide their visitors with more options for meeting or reading spaces,” said the deputy director. of the Victoria Public Library, Jessica Berger. “The library has outgrown our current space with increased foot traffic and more robust event programming over the past few years, and improving our outdoor space will help us better utilize our existing footprint to meet resident needs.
To fund the project, the library worked with grants administrator Katy Connally to apply for a Texas Humanities Relief Grant. These grants, which are a form of COVID-19 relief for cultural and educational nonprofits, are funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities under the Federal American Rescue Plan.
The grant only covers the design part of the project. The timing and scope of the improvements have not been determined.
The library is in the midst of a strategic planning process based on community feedback received in the spring. The plan, which is expected to be adopted this fall, will help the library implement changes – including exterior improvements – that are in line with what residents expect from their library.
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