The building of the North Lake Community Library represented a partnership of the City of Irving, Texas, and the Dallas County Community College District to serve the community of Irving and the students of North Lake College. Opening in 2002, the 59,000 square feet shared library facility provided expanded hours and materials for students; extensive business and legal indexes for area companies; and a first-class library for the citizens of north Irving. By combining city and college resources, the library represents savings of taxpayer funds and increased academic support for students.
Because of the partnership arrangement and expanded functions of the library, city and college leaders hired professional library planning consultants and held an architectural design competition for the building. The completed structure represents a world-class design from architects Phillip Swagger and Associates.
Though the partnership dissolved several years later, the library continues to serve North Lake students. In addition to library services, the building houses the Student Resource Center and Workforce Development Center.
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