The Westbank Community Library District was founded as a community library in 1984, and became Texas’s first library district by election in 1998. It covers about 27 square miles, roughly aligning with the Eanes Independent School District, just a little smaller, and it serves about 27,000 residents. The district receives 0.5% sales tax collected within its boundaries – that’s a nickel for every $10 spent on taxable items.
Our district operates two libraries, the Westbank Community Library (originally built in 1989) and the Laura Bush Community Library (Laura’s Library, built in 2009), each about 15,000 square feet. We have a book sale room, backyard play areas, and an outdoor chess garden. We house the Eanes History Center documents, many of which are digitized and available through our catalog.
At Westbank Libraries, we support the community by connecting people with ideas, experiences, and each other.
- provide exemplary, friendly, professional service
- offer a diverse, balanced, current, well-organized collection
- present programs that promote learning, sharing, and discovery
- partner with community volunteers
- reach out beyond our walls to nurture conversations and make connections
- provide current technology and assistance in its use
- create a welcoming space with minimal rules
- provide digital access to available resources
- anticipate and respond to changing community needs
- engage area schools, community groups, and businesses in partnerships
- demonstrate exceptional stewardship of community funds and assets
- foster a collaborative and supportive work environment
- Strategic Plan 2019-2023
- Annual transparency reports are filed with the Comptroller