Community, officials to dedicate new San Marcos library expansion


The City of San Marcos will host a dedication ceremony Friday, June 18 to celebrate the recent expansion and remodel of the San Marcos Public Library building, 625 E. Hopkins Street. The dedication ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. and is open to the public.

The program includes speeches from Mayor Jane Hughson, Congressman Lloyd Doggett, and Director of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission Mark Smith. Poet E.D.

Watson will also speak at the event, with Library Director Diane Insley serving as master of ceremonies. Tours of the building will be offered and light refreshments will be served.

Photo by Sierra Martin

The dedication ceremony marks the completion of the $14.75 million bond project approved by voters in 2017.

The expansion added 28,000 square feet to the building and new modernized spaces that include a teen room, makerspace, technology hub, and enclosed children’s area.

The updated library also includes study rooms, conference rooms, and a meeting space with seating for up to 240 people.

“We’ve been waiting for years to see this project become a reality and we’re excited to officially welcome everyone to the new space,” said Insley. “Our goal with the expansion was to deliver a contemporary space that meets the growing community’s needs, and I think it does that and more.”

PGAL of Austin, TX., was selected as the project architect and JE Dunn Construction of Austin, TX., served as the project contractor.

Work on the library expansion and remodel was completed within budget and the new facility was opened to the public on May 24, 2021.

For more information about the event, call 512.393.8200. For media inquiries, contact

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