Farmers Branch Library Bond


What Does the Bond Include?


Farmers Branch residents are being asked to vote on a Library Bond Program not to exceed $24 million. The requested amount includes: 



  • Demolition of the current Library without interruption in service and returning the land to park land (Rawhide Park) - $1 million
  • Construction of a new 30,000 to 35,000 Sq ft. Library, located across the street with all parking onsite. Complete finish-out of a new Library including furniture, fixtures, and equipment.  - $20 million.
  • Enhancements of the park land at Rawhide Park - $ 3 million

Why Build New?


Why not just renovate the existing Library?



  • The Manske Library is the most visited City facility with over 140,000 visitors a year
  • The current facility is 56 years old and is in need of $12 million in renovations, more than half the cost of building a new Library
  • The existing building partially sits in the floodplain 
  • Relocating the Library across the street takes it out of the floodplain and provides a facility that can serve the community for many decades to come
  • Relocating the Library across the street also provides a unique opportunity to create a signature park along Rawhide Creek, returning more green space to the community

Why Now?


Three main facts resulted in the decision to bring this issue to voters in May 2019.



  • The current facility is 56 years old and in need of major repair (roof, foundation, HVAC, etc.)
  • The estimated cost to do basic renovations equals more than half the cost of a new Library.
  • Delaying construction increases the total cost of a new facility by 1% each month. Construction costs are currently escalating at a rate of 1% each month.


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Manske Library


13613 Webb Chapel Rd.
Farmers Branch, TX 75234
972.247.2511
FarmersBranchLibrary.org

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 Friday & Saturday 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday 1 - 5 pm