Westbank Library

1309 Westbank Dr Austin, TX 78746 · Map it!

Laura Bush Community Library

9411 Bee Cave Rd Austin, TX 78746 · Map it!
Meeting Rooms 2017-07-02T13:34:56+00:00

Meeting Rooms

The Westbank Community Library District has three meeting spaces which may be booked for use by members of the community when the spaces are not needed for library activities:

The Gathering Room @ Westbank Library is an open space, upstairs, suitable for groups of about 15 or 20, with a whiteboard and 70” Vizio monitor.

The Macklin Room @ Westbank Library is a small conference room seating 8 people, with a 55” Vizio monitor, whiteboard, and pin boards.

The J. Scott Thornton Commons @ Laura’s Library is a large, enclosed meeting room, with a 70” monitor, garden and external access, and kitchen facilities.

Library meeting spaces are generally not available for recurring meetings.

  • Community groups & non-profits may request free use of a meeting room during regular library hours. This includes groups whose mission is educational, intellectual, civic, or charitable. Group size may be limited due to parking availability and concerns about noise or safety. Exclusive use of a large room is not guaranteed. Please request at least 7 days in advance and no more than 30 days in advance.
  • Companies and individuals may request paid use of the Scott Thornton Commons for private functions:
    • Library members and Non-Profits:  $50/hour or $300/day
    • Non-members: $75/hour or $450/day
    • Businesses:  $150/hour or $900/day
    • $250 deposit may be required.
    • No children’s birthday parties are allowed.
    • Fees are due at booking, and no refunds are made for cancellations within 7 days of the event.
    • Please request at least 7 days in advance and no more than 6 months in advance.
  • Full library members may request free use of the Macklin room for up to 2 hours for groups of 2-8 people for purposes that do not involve service for pay. Meetings longer than 2 hours may be allowed at the discretion of the Programs Manager during low-demand periods. Please request at least 7 days in advance and no more than 30 days in advance.
  • Tutors have free use of the Gathering Room at Westbank to work with groups of three or less, from 4:00-6:00pm (and until closing if no programs are planned in the space), Monday through Thursday, throughout the school year. Tutors may work quietly in other open spaces of our libraries at any time if they ensure they are not disturbing others nearby.
  • Town Hall Meetings and Candidate Forums may be requested for free if the event is open to the public. All candidates must be invited to a candidate forum. The hosting group must provide a moderator and a list of rules.  Town Hall meetings may be requested by local elected officials who are not running for office. Please request at least 7 days in advance and no more than 90 days in advance.
  • These rules may be revised at any time without notice.
  • Any issues not covered in Library policies will be resolved in discussion with the Programs Manager, the Director, or the Associate Director.
  • Meetings held outside of library hours or involving the serving of alcohol require the presence of a security guard (minimum $160 for four hours).
  • The group or individual reserving a meeting room is responsible for setup and clean up. No furniture may be moved into a meeting room from elsewhere in the library.
  • No decorations may be attached in any way to walls or ceilings.
  • No smoking is allowed on Library property.
  • Amplified music is not allowed during Library hours, and it is limited to 80 decibels after hours.
  • A $35 fee is charged if food is served.
  • The group or individual reserving a meeting room is responsible for any damage to facilities, any property left behind, and the rekeying of locks if library keys are lost.
  • Additional hourly charges accrue if an event lasts more than 15 minutes beyond the time booked.
  • All events must conclude by midnight.
  • The Library reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule an event in case of emergency or unforeseen circumstance.
  • Board approval may be required for events where fees are charged or funds are raised.
  • Meetings scheduled under these rules may not imply sponsorship by the Library. The Library’s phone number may not be given out in relation to such meetings. The following disclaimer is required on all publicity for events hosted by non-Library groups:  This event is not affiliated with or sponsored by The Westbank Community Library District.
  • Easels and podiums are available for use. Some spaces have whiteboards and privacy panels.
  • Meeting rooms have tables and chairs suitable for most meetings. Please let us know what you need.
  • We have free wifi.
  • All meeting rooms have Vizio wall-mounted monitors. The library can supply cables upon request, but presenters should bring their own laptop and connectors or adapters to connect to HDMI or VGA. We also have Chromecast for wireless screen casting. We recommend presenters arrive at least 15 minutes early to resolve connectivity issues.

Meeting Room Request Form


Telephone (required)

Purpose of your Meeting (required)

Number of People You're Expecting

Date of the Meeting
Month
Day
Year

Start Time of the event

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End time of the event

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Type of event (required)
Non-profit, Civic or CharitablePrivate Meeting or Event

Preferred location

If you require additional equipment, indicate below:
PodiumEaselPortable bagged microphoneWhiteboards (Westbank only)TV Monitor

The Westbank Library provides an HDTV (70" in the Gathering Room, 55" in the Macklin Room, and 70" in the J. Scott Thornton Commons). The TVs come equipped with an HDMI connection, and the library may be able to supply cables upon advance request. The presenter is responsible for bringing the following: their own laptop and their laptop's appropriate connectors or adapters so that the laptop can connect to either a VGA or HDMI connection.

Addtional Comments

I have read library policies regarding who can reserve a room and restrictions for meeting room use.