Georgetown Public Library
402 W. Eighth Street, Georgetown, Texas 78626
Artists exhibit their work in the second floor gallery space, and local art organizations meet in the library’s meeting rooms. The library hosts the annual Texas Society of Sculptors summer show and serves as an Art Hop location each fall. In addition to paintings, photographs, drawings, prints, and sculptures inside the building, sculpture exhibits are found outside the building, too.
The Live Music at the Library series brings monthly concerts to the first-floor lobby, and music can be heard throughout the building. Musical genres span a wide range: classical, bluegrass, jazz, folk, country, Latin, pop, and world music. The concerts transform the library into a concert venue with books and sometimes dancing, too. No tickets or reservations are required; visitors just come have a seat and enjoy the music. The Live Music in the Library series is a gift of the Friends of the Georgetown Public Library. The Friends group also runs the library’s used book store, Second-Hand Prose.
The Georgetown Public Library’s dedicated staff members create a community experience that extends beyond the traditional, but the library collection does include over 110,000 printed books, e-books, digital and printed magazines and newspapers, CD’s, DVD’s, and more; the library even checks out bicycles and cake pans! There are also select historical records relating to local architecture, history, and genealogy, and reference services to help patrons find what they need.
The lively children’s room has a wide variety of books and plenty of open floor space for storytime. The librarians pack the calendar with educational and entertaining programming for children of all ages. The first floor also offers a teen spot with video games, books, media, and comfy places to chill out.
One favorite library gathering place for people of all ages is the Red Poppy Coffee Co., a great place for a healthy lunch or a friendly conversation. The library offers plenty of study tables and free wi-fi, meeting space, public computers, and for those who can’t make it to the library there is the WOW!mobile, a bookmobile that brings library adult and children’s material out into the community.
The library is two blocks off the downtown Square. The hours are Monday-Friday 9-8, Friday 9-6, Saturday 9-5, and Sunday noon-5. Admission is free.