New Fulshear Branch Library Soft Opening Officially Slated for Mon, Dec 18!
UPDATE: November 30, 2023
Fort Bend County Libraries is proud to announce that the new Fulshear Branch Library will open to the public at noon on Monday, December 18.
Library staff only recently gained access to the building, so they have been working feverishly to make the library as ready as possible for the “soft opening” in December.
A Grand Opening celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for January, when county officials and library staff will showcase the full extent of resources and services that will be available to the public.
“It’s been a long time coming, but we’re very excited to finally open the doors, welcome everyone in, and show off this wonderful new building, even if everything is not completely set up yet,” says Library Director Clara Russell. “It is considerably larger than the old building, so we have much more space to work with, and we look forward to unveiling the full extent of the wonderful offerings we have in store for the public when we have the Grand Opening in January!”
An oft-delayed schedule has impeded previous opening-date targets several times. Unforeseen setbacks, vendor coordination, and supply-chain issues have frustrated everyone involved in the project, as well as Fulshear-area citizens who have been waiting for the new library to open.
“We’ll be opening in December with the most basic essentials for a library, so we ask for everyone’s patience while we work to complete the transformation over the next few weeks in preparation for the Grand Opening celebration,” says Russell. “Even with the rough patches, I think we’re going to be in good shape when we open those doors.”
The new Fulshear Branch Library is located at 6350 GM Library Road, off Texas Heritage Parkway, north of FM 1093. Click here to view a map showing the location of the building: https://bit.ly/FBCL_Fulshear_Map
The hours for this branch will be:
Mon 12 pm – 9 pm
Tue 10 am – 6 pm
Wed 10 am – 6 pm
Thu 10 am – 9 pm
Fri 12 pm – 5 pm
Sat 10 am – 5 pm
“We are very excited to begin this final phase of moving into the new Fulshear Branch Library,” says Library Director Clara Russell. “The new library is considerably larger than the old library, with many, many new amenities that could not be accommodated at the old library.”
Library users will enjoy much more room and a larger collection in the new Fulshear Branch Library, which will feature warm, welcoming spaces, natural lighting, an outdoor patio, a computer lab, and much more. Children will be delighted with the interactive gaming table in the Youth Department, as well as with whimsical musical elements nearby.
“The new, bigger Fulshear Branch Library will definitely be in a better position to meet the needs of the growing communities of Fulshear. We are working to make it simply fabulous, with features that we hope the community will love!” says Russell.
When the new Fulshear Branch Library opens soon, visitors will be greeted by familiar faces from the old library, along with many new faces as well. Library staff members are eagerly looking forward to welcoming the community to the new location and introducing everyone to all the wonderful new features.
FBCL staff have been preparing for the move by ordering books and computer equipment for the new library. The existing collection will be augmented by many new materials that have been purchased specifically for the new Fulshear Branch Library.
Fulshear Branch Library Manager Marilyn McPheron and her staff will also be busy boxing up materials from the old library in preparation for the move, as well.
“There are thousands of materials in the old library that will be moved to the new library, so a considerable amount of organization is needed to move an entire collection to a new building and set up shelves, books, and computers,” says McPheron. “We appreciate everyone’s patience while we work diligently to prepare the new library for its grand opening.”
While waiting for the new Fulshear Branch Library to open, library users are encouraged to utilize the programs and services at other FBCL locations, such as the Cinco Ranch Branch Library (2620 Commercial Center Blvd in Katy), George Memorial Library (1001 Golfview in Richmond), and the Mission Bend Branch Library (8421 Addicks Clodine Road).
Construction of the new Fulshear Branch Library is the final phase of a $19.8-million bond referendum approved by voters in November 2015, which included $13.4 million for a new library to be built on the north side of the county. The new Fulshear Branch Library is located off Texas Heritage Parkway; a date has not yet been set for the opening.
“The area served by the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library has grown and changed considerably since the library was originally built in 1998,” says Russell. “When the library was first built, it was designed to meet the needs of the community at that time. No one could have imagined how much Fulshear would grow in such a relatively short time!”
This page will be updated periodically as more information becomes available, so keep checking back! For more information, call the library system’s Communications Office (281-633-4734).
Fort Bend County Libraries’ Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library closed on May 13 in preparation for the opening of the new Fulshear Branch Library later this summer.
Books and other items that have been checked out from that library may be returned at any of the other branches in the Fort Bend County library system.
- Anyone needing MEETING SPACE is encouraged to reserve a room at one of Fort Bend County Libraries’ other branches in the area.
- DONATIONS of gently used books for the Friends of the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library book sales should be held until the Fulshear Branch Library opens.
“We want to remind everyone that they still have access to many library resources online 24/7,” says Library Director Clara Russell. “The library’s resources that can be accessed through FBCL’s website – such as the databases, Homework Help, Ask-a-Librarian chat, OverDrive ebooks, Hoopla movies and music, and other online services – will still be available from any computer outside the library that has an Internet connection.”