Five-year plan includes offering 24-hour service, expanding various collections and cloud storage

The McKinney Public Library System has updated their long-range plan to serve as a guide for the Library Advisory Board and library staff and includes goals to achieve by 2022.

The previous long-range plan ran from 2005-2015 and included the construction and grand opening of the John & Judy Gay Library. Since 2005, the McKinney Public Libraries have seen a dramatic upsurge of customer service usage by 106 percent, circulation increase by 133 percent, juvenile circulation rise 613 percent and reference transactions grow 93 percent.

Some of the plans include changes that residents can expect to see this spring, including the creation of a bilingual collection, the addition of color and two-sided printing services, as well as the implementation of mobile book libraries to visit underserviced communities.

During the next five years, the plan also proposes the following updates:

  • Expand adult fiction genre collections
  • Expand and improve digital signage and wayfinding
  • Expand the facilities at the John & Judy Gay Library
  • Rearrange Roy & Helen Hall Memorial Library collections to expedite user browsing
  • Incorporate database searching into existing catalog
  • Introduce 7,000 square-foot, 24-hour service storefront library
  • Digitize local history collections and provide online access
  • Provide e-mail and cloud storage to all library account holders

“We’ve seen tremendous growth in our community and the use of our libraries in the past few years. These new five-year goals are designed to be realistic and align with the McKinney City Council goal of operational excellence and balance available resources to accommodate the growth and maintenance needs of the city,” said Spencer Smith, Director of the McKinney Public Library System.

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