IRVING, Texas. 21 January 2000 - Expanded and enhanced
library services will be the result of a collaborative
project between North Lake College and the Irving
Public Library. Construction begins on the new two-story,
59,000 square foot North Lake Community Library, a
project that has been many years in planning. The
groundbreaking ceremony and reception will be held
on Thursday, January 27, 10:00 a.m., at the North
Lake College Liberty Circle.
In 1994, Irving voters approved a capital improvements
program with funds designated for the joint public/college
library. North Lake College President Dr. David England
said "North Lake wanted to expand its library and
Irving needed a new library in the area. We are combining
strengths and saving between $3 and $5 million in
Dr. Lyle Vance, former manager of Irving's Northwest
branch library, will be responsible for directing
and coordinating all activities and services of the
new facility. "This library will strengthen the services
that the Irving Public Library system offers the city,"
stated Dr. Vance. "I am familiar with other joint
efforts in the U.S. between public library systems
and colleges, but the North Lake Community Library
will be unique." Dr. Vance explained that services
will be truly integrated, there will be no separate
student and public access areas, all student ID's
and public library cards will be accepted.
The North Lake Public Library is not the only project
requiring a cooperative effort between the college
and the Irving community. The Irving Independent School
District, the City of Irving, and the college built
a 26,000 square foot covered natatorium at North Lake
in 1983. Also, the college worked with the city to
develop the North Lake South Irving Center that opened
in the fall of 1997 at the city's Human Services building
on Nursery Road.
"We have been successful in the past with joint
efforts between the college and the city, but the
library represents many new possibilities for the
partnership to extend services to the community,"
said Dr. England. Some of these possibilities include
collaborative programming featuring North Lake faculty
on television with live, in-library or on-campus programs.
"This exciting project represents a first-class
library that will be an important resource to North
Lake students, faculty and all of the Irving community.
It is truly an effort that realizes the common goals
of community service and life-long learning for both
the library and college," stated Dr. England.
For more information contact Candice Castillo, North
Lake Vice President for Planning and Development at
North Lake College is a member of the Dallas County
Community College District.