The Colony Public Library

Library History

A short overview of the Library.

The Colony Public Library is located at 6800 Main Street and provides free services to all residents  and nonresidents.

The Library has over 110,000 items in our catalog, including print and downloadable books, music CDs, books on CD,  DVDs and CD-ROMs.  We have 24 computer workstations for public use plus state of the art Wi-Fi service through our fiber optic connection. We also have 3 children's computers preloaded with fun and educational programs for chidren from preschool through grade school to enjoy. We have a rich collection of electronic resources that cardholders can access from any computer, including homework help, language learning, science, literature, business and health resources, as well as electronic material for children and for Spanish speakers.

The Library also holds many interesting and timely programs and events throughout the year for all ages, including story times for children, monthly events for our teen Library users, and a variety of adult programs. We have a Quiet Room for undisturbed study or reading, a Study Room for small groups, and a TeenSpot designed by our Teen Advisory Panel.

Our friendly and professional staff is eager to serve you. Welcome to The Colony Public Library!


The Colony Public Library, born of the efforts of a loyal group of volunteers, first opened its doors in February 1982 in a small, 1,985 square foot storefront facility that it shared with the Parks and Recreation Department. Ann Beckel served as the first Library Director, assisted by librarian Sandi Gehrke; the first president of the Friends of The Colony Public Library was Wanda Gillett.

In December 1984, the citizens of The Colony passed a bond issue to build the 9,025 square foot facility at 5151 N. Colony Blvd., which became the Library's home in August 1987.

Having outgrown that facility, in 2000, on the 18th anniversary of the Library's founding, the Library relocated to 6800 Main Street , where it shares the building with City Hall. The Library gained an additional 6,200 square feet, the ability to provide a large space for quiet study, a beautiful storytime area, and room for the collection and services to grow.

The Community Development Corporation funded the additional shelving, furnishings, and equipment for this new facility, as well as the relocation costs. A grant received from the Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund Board established the Library's public access computer network, providing T1 access to the internet, as well as access to MS Office 2007 programs, via 23 public access computers.