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About

The Westbank Community Library District was founded as a community library (1984) and is now a political subdivision of the State of Texas (since 1998). It is governed by five members of an elected, unpaid Board of Trustees, and it is funded by 0.5% sales tax collected within its boundaries (which roughly align with the Eanes Independent School District, around 31 square miles located just west of downtown Austin). Library districts in Texas differ from city libraries in that they are responsible for their own infrastructure, including buildings, grounds, and technology, so a certain percentage of income must be continually set aside for capital improvements. Westbank Libraries are not related to Austin Public Library.

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. In addition, we have a book sale room, a community garden, the Madrone Canyon Trail, and an outdoor chess garden. We have also recently taken over administration of the Eanes History Center documents, which are housed at Laura’s Library.

Westbank Libraries serve a population of approximately 25,000 people. Despite the relatively small population, we see about 300,000 visitors a year, and our collection of about 100,000 items sees about 500,000 checkouts per year. In addition, we run about 100 programs per month. These are very busy libraries!

Westbank Libraries will:

  • Provide every visitor with exemplary, friendly, professional service
  • Empower library users with access to a diverse, balanced, current, well-organized collection in a variety of formats, both physical and digital
  • Delight visitors of all ages with programming and activities that will enrich their lives
  • Promote community involvement and pride through partnership with our outstanding volunteers
  • Establish the library as the heart of our community by nurturing community conversations and connections
  • Provide access to innovative technology and knowledgeable assistance in its use
  • Create a welcoming and appealing environment with minimal rules
  • Empower users with around-the-clock access to electronic resources and services
  • Anticipate and respond to changing community needs
  • Engage area schools, community groups, and businesses in partnerships
  • Demonstrate exceptional stewardship of community funds and assets
  • Inspire staff and volunteers with a dynamic, rewarding, and cooperative atmosphere

The documents listed are the most recent. To obtain past documents, email your request to questions@westbanklibrary.com

Tour Request Form

We'd be happy to show you and your group the library and how it works. We'll best be able to meet your needs if you tell us a little about your requirements. Please complete the following Tour Request Form.

Note: If you have a school group, we prefer giving the tours before the library opens.


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Kids area focused tour + storytime (good for preschoolers)Kids tour + collection scavenger hunt (ideal for scout groups and elementary aged kids who want to learn how to navigate the catalog and the library collection)Teen tour + scavenger hunt of the physical and electronic collections (good for scout groups and teens who want to learn beginning research skills)Other - Use the 'Anything else you want to tell us' space below to describe what you would like.

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Westbank Library

1309 Westbank Dr Austin, TX 78746 · Map it!

Laura Bush Community Library

9411 Bee Cave Rd Austin, TX 78746 · Map it!