Community library busting with growth
With over 25,000 books and audiovisual titles, Dripping Springs has an impressive public library for a town its size.
“We have a formula for all the categories our patrons use.” said board member Linda Woodward. “We greatly increased our adult non-fiction thanks to a $25 million grant from the Tocker Foundation. We’re building a substantial bilingual collection for children.”
A non-profit entity, the DS Community Library has local taxing authority, much like the city or the school district. It receives a quarter-cent of sales tax revenue collected in its taxing area (essentially the same as the Dripping Springs Independent School District). It also receives an annual donation from Hays County, but also relies on grants, memorials, and other donations.
The Friends of the Dripping Springs Community Library is a volunteer group that the library turns to for fundraising and event planning. The Friends have sponsored book signings and rotating art exhibits.
The library is also part of the TexShare program. “ You can get a TexShare card and then use our library and others who participate in the program,” said Woodward. “The cards are free as long as you live in Hays County. If you live outside Hays County, it’s a $5 fee.”
Looking for a book and can’t find it here? The DS Community Library has an interlibrary loan program. “ You can get books from all over the U.S.,” said Woodward. “The program continues to grow in popularity, but there are still a lot of people who don’t know we have it.”
Other services include computers with internet access, a great selection of children’s books and magazines, and web access to the library catalog.
Recently, the library added 3,700 square feet of space with the opening of a Children’s Wing, providing room for reading materials and children’s programs. It houses a stage area for children’s dramas and features a large enclosed outdoor reading area.
Each year, the library hosts a summer reading program for children, with camps for Drama, Spanish, Science, and more. The new Children’s Wing will allow the program to be expanded even further.
The library is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The library is closed on Sunday.
For more information, call (512) 7825, fax (512) 858-2639, or visit www.dscl.org.