History Continued: The Final Years of the Boerne Public Library

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Turning the Page

On May 12, 2007, the residents of Boerne voted for a $5 million bond to build a new library. Less than a week later, the City purchased land on Main Street across from St. Helena's Episcopal Church.

The Boerne Public Library Foundation, which was established in 1993, launched a capital campaign to raise an additional $2 million to build the Patrick Heath Public Library, named after Boerne's former mayor. The library's groundbreaking took place in May of 2010, and just over one year later, our dream of a new 30,000 square-foot, two-story building became a reality.

The New Patrick Heath Public Library

The new library opened its doors on June 4, 2011, with hundreds of excited patrons eagerly checking out all the new and wonderful services in a large, light, and spacious facility. In October of the same year, the unique facility was awarded the Gold level in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification.

Today, the staff and 60-plus volunteers of the Patrick Heath Public Library serve the residents of Kendall County, the State of Texas, the country, and even the world. The library is open six days a week and houses a collection of approximately 48,400 items. Additionally, patrons have access to more than 150,000 electronic books and nearly 60,000 downloadable audio books. In spite of a raging pandemic, from October 2020 through September 2021, nearly 95,000 people came through our doors, and they checked out more than 255,800 items. More than 30,100 children and adults attended 1,356 library programs. In October of 2021, there were 19,905 registered cardholders.

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