The new Belle Sherman Kendall Library and Community Center is slated to open in March 2010. Moving from its current location at 14330 Memorial to its new location at 609 N. Eldridge, the library’s new home will double the space of the existing branch, from 9,600 square feet to more than 19,000 making it the largest City library outside of the main library downtown. Additionally, this $10.8 million building represents several firsts for Houston libraries – the first three-story building in the Houston branch system and the first to have a drive-up window. The new facility will also serve as a city park, gymnasium and trailhead to Terry Hershey Park
Officials are seeking LEED certification for the building, which will house a community center and library circulation functions on the first floor; adult books on the second floor; and children’s books and reading areas on the third floor. Users will have access to 29 computer stations, laptops for on-site checkout, reference services, self-check stations and an on-site collection of books, periodicals, music, movies and reference materials.
The Kendall Community Center will function similar to the city’s 57 other community centers, offering after-school and summer recreational programs. The community center will include a classroom and fully-equipped half-gym.