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Posted on: November 30, 2017

McKinney Public Library System introduces goals for next five years

The McKinney Public Library System has updated their long-range plan to serve as a guide for the Library Advisory Board and library staff. The plan includes goals to achieve by 2022.

The previous long-range plan ran from 2005-2015 and included the construction and grand opening of the John & Judy Gay Library. Since 2005, the McKinney Public Libraries have seen a dramatic upsurge in customer service usage of 106%, circulation increase of 133%, juvenile circulation rise of 613% and reference transaction growth of 93%.

Some of the plans include changes that residents can expect to see this spring, including the creation of a bilingual collection, the addition of color and two-sided printing services, as well as the implementation of mobile book libraries to visit underserviced communities.

During the next five years, the plan also proposes the following updates:

  • Expand adult fiction genre collections
  • Expand and improve digital signage and wayfinding
  • Expand the facilities at the John & Judy Gay Library
  • Rearrange Roy & Helen Hall Memorial Library collections to expedite user browsing
  • Incorporate database searching into existing catalog
  • Introduce 7,000-square-foot, 24-hour-service storefront library
  • Digitize local history collections and provide online access
  • Provide e-mail and cloud storage to all library account holders

“We’ve seen tremendous growth in our community and in the use of our libraries in the past few years. These new five-year goals are designed to be realistic and align with the McKinney City Council goal of operational excellence and balancing available resources to accommodate the growth and maintenance needs of the city,” said Spencer Smith, Director of the McKinney Public Library System.

 For information about the McKinney Public Library System, please visit the Library website.

About McKinney

McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. As one of the fastest growing cities in America, McKinney has a current population of more than 168,000. The city was #1 on the list of Best Places to Live in America in 2014, published by Money Magazine. Established in 1848, the city is located 30 miles north of Dallas and is the county seat of Collin County. McKinney offers award-winning schools, a vibrant historic downtown, diverse housing options, a robust economy and a uniquely beautiful natural setting, with rolling hills and lush trees.

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