The Valley Ranch Library, one of the busiest libraries in the Irving Public Library system, will be expanded to include 5,000 additional square-feet of space. The expansion should be complete by early 2014. The 26,000-square-foot facility was designed with a 5,000-square-foot shell that was left undeveloped for future growth. A voter-approved bond sale in September allows for $1.5 million to go toward this project. The city chose Komatsu Architecture to perform the work. The expansion will not change the exterior of the building, but will increase the interior space by 25 percent. Probable uses of the space include additional study rooms, meeting/program spaces and public-access computers. “The services we deliver and the way we provide them have changed in the past five years,” branch manager Patty Mount said in a news release. “The renovation will provide an opportunity to update and improve the existing space as well as expand services.” With more than 250,000 people visiting the Valley Ranch Library during the last fiscal year, community support for the facility is strong. 

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