The Library Board of Directors, ArchiTexas, Nedderman & Associates, Library Staff and City Officials would like to formally announce that the construction has been completed at Nicholas P. Sims Library and Lyceum.  A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will be held on Friday, November 6th at 2:00 p.m. at Sims Library.  The community is invited to attend.  Due to the COVID pandemic, the numbers entering/touring the building will be limited.  The Library will have a procedure in place to accommodate people wishing to tour the new addition at that time; tours may also be scheduled at a later date after the reopening.


The Library Staff and Library Board would like to thank the community for their flexibility and patience during the building construction.  The Library’s main focus was to reach a point that the doors could be safely opened while continuing the required health and safety precautions provided by the Governor, the CDC and Texas State Library and Archives Commission. 


The Library plans to resume open hours effective Tuesday, November 10, 2020.  The hours of operation are as follows:


Tuesday                       9:30 am – 8:00 pm

Wed-Fri                      9:30 am – 6:00 pm

Saturday                      9:30 am – 4:00 pm


Among the changes patrons will notice when the doors open include:


  • Limited patron entrance (determined by departments)

  • Masks will be required

  • Social distancing must be followed

  • Patrons who are sick are asked not to enter

  • Reminder to wash hands and use sanitizer

  • Contactless pickups


On November 10th, Sims Library is once again open to the community!



Nicholas P. Sims Library is reopening the doors to the community. The Library staff will take every precaution to clean frequently used surfaces appropriately.  Please understand that every item will not be cleaned after each patron visit; if you are sick or feeling you are getting ill, we ask that you please stay home.

Currently, older adults and persons with underlying health conditions are considered to be at increased risk of severe illness and complications from COVID-19. Examples of underlying health conditions include heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, people with weakened immune systems, and people who are pregnant. The CDC recommends that people in high-risk groups consult with their healthcare provider about entering public facilities.  If you feel you are in this category please consider utilizing Homebound or Curbside Service.

Please keep in mind the CDC recommendations on how to keep yourself and others healthy:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available

  • Practice social distancing guidelines

The Library staff has posted CDC guidelines in the appropriate entrances and restrooms.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation as we navigate through this pandemic.

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