About the Library
Irving Public Library (IPL) serves a forward-thinking and diverse city, named the first municipality to win the Texas Award for Performance Excellence in 2011. The library’s vision is to be a center of the community, improving the quality of life of Irving residents through community engagement, educational events and advanced technology. The IPL system consists of three full-service libraries located in the north (Valley Ranch), south and west parts of the city, and one store-front branch in east Irving. IPL is also sustained by a vibrant Friends group that supports literacy in the community through many philanthropic projects. Irving regularly works with national organizations and retailers, cultural societies, private businesses and nearby schools to present community events, award-winning author panels and exhibits.
Today the system boasts modern libraries with state-of-the-art offerings that draw people to the area, a far cry from Irving’s first library, set up in the corner of a furniture store in 1941. The Gold LEED certified West Irving Library opened in 2011, marking a new era of capital improvements for Irving’s libraries. Valley Ranch Library underwent a 5,000 square-foot expansion in early 2014. The city's newest location, the South Irving Library opened in March 2015, replacing the Central Library. This South Irving Library building is Silver LEED certified, and provides literary events and high-tech educational services to Irving’s youth. In 2016, the East Branch Library will celebrate twenty years of changing lives and community revitalization with ongoing enhancements.
Beyond the library locations, IPL touches the lives of many local and area readers through it's programs and events. The annual Summer Reading Challenge encourages and engages children and teens through activities and awards for reading through the summer. The library and community partners have celebrated 10 years of city-wide reading through One Book, One Irving and the NEA's Big Read. Starting in 2015, IPL has partnered with local school districts and area public libraries in launching the North Texas Teen Book Festival, taking place in the spring at the Irving Convention Center. These programs are made possible through the support of local organizations and the efforts of the Friends of Irving Public Library.
Irving Public Library Closure Schedule 2016-17
Independence Day - Monday, July 4
Labor Day - Monday, Sept. 5
Thanksgiving 2016 - Thursday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Nov. 25
Christmas 2016 - Saturday, Dec. 24 and Sunday, Dec. 25
New Year's Day 2017 - Sunday, Jan. 1