Buda library triples in size, brings in thousands of new books

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BUDA, Texas (KXAN) — Almost four years since a $55 million bond was passed, the city of Buda is opening its municipal complex. 

For the first time, residents can take care of all of their city business in one building, like paying your utilities, getting a permit or talking with the parks department. 

It’s a 55,000-square foot two-story building with a lot of offices filled with city staff, but there are also a number of offices left empty. That’s because the city built the building to accommodate growth for the next 25 to 30 years.

Taking up almost half of the entire building is the city’s brand new library. “For the first couple of days, people would walk in and they would look around and tear up, or they would walk in and just give us a thumbs up,” said Buda Library director Melinda Hodges. 

Just a few months ago, Hodges was still in the old library where it was hard to find space for herself and the shelves were crammed with books. 

“It had tiny little windows, and then we put bookshelves in front of those windows because we needed the space to put items,” said Hodges. 

You could fit three of the old libraries in the new library. Staff added more than 14,000 books and say they have plenty of room to grow.  

“We can add items to the collection, we can add programs, add staff! Before, there just wasn’t room, we just had to stay where we were,” said Hodges. “I know that we did have patrons that chose to go to other libraries in the area, libraries that were larger or possibly didn’t have such complicated parking situations. Hopefully, they’ll put us in their normal rotation now.”

The city of Buda will have the official grand opening Saturday starting at 9 a.m., and the public is welcome.

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