West U. Branch Is Back!

West University Branch Library reopened Monday, so stop by, say hello, browse the stacks, use one of our new Windows 10 computers or just sit and read a magazine!

We thank all of our wonderful West U. customers for their understanding and patience. We thank the City of West University Place for its support, and we thank the City of Bellaire Library for its generous assistance during West U's renovations.

The library closed in November 2016 when the West University Place City Council approved funding for necessary renovations.  The upgrades bring the library into full compliance with new ADA and safety requirements.

As requested, here are a few photos of West University Branch Library.





I realize the update was to

I realize the update was to make it ADA compliant but I was really hoping that the children's section would be moved downstairs and the adult section upstairs, or that an elevator would be installed. Those steep steps are so dangerous to traverse for little ones and for those of us who are holding babies in our arms, hanging on to a toddler, and/or keeping up with a preschooler trying to rush up those steps. There are children's programs for very little kids so we usually get a whole crowd of unsteady walkers going up those stairs at the same time. Coming down is even more frightening. My toddler insists on being carried down and with an armload of books from the children's section (usually kids don't borrow just a couple of books like adults tend to) and a heavy child in my arms, I am always tempted to just not borrow any books at all. But then what's the point of going to the library?!

We understand your qualms

We understand your qualms about using the stairs with your little ones, but space considerations do not allow us to move the children’s area downstairs. The renovations were funded by the City of West University, and it is our understanding that retrofitting the building to accommodate a full-size elevator is cost prohibitive. However, there is a small ADA-compliant elevator that many parents with small children use. One of our library staff will be happy to assist you.

I agree that the stairs have

I agree that the stairs have always been a problem. There are other issues with having the children's storytimes upstairs - e.g. no washroom on that level! no change table anywhere! However, is there not an elevator to the left as you enter? I used to see people with a baby + a toddler use it. Get a staff person to help if you decide to use it! Can be temperamental.

You are absolutely correct. I

You are absolutely correct. I forgot to mention the ADA compliance elevator that the previous commenter is, of course, encouraged to use.  Ideally, there would be a washroom upstairs, but again space and cost were considerations. Because of the size of the washroom downstairs, it is not feasible to install a changing table. However, there is a changing table that library patrons can use a few steps away in the community center. Thank you for catching my omission and your feedback.

For those who have visited

For those who have visited this library but live further away now -could you post pictures of the updates that were done?

Please, see the West

Please, see the West University blog for a few pictures of the interior.

That's a great idea! We'll

That's a great idea! We'll try to get some for you. It should be said that many of the improvements were more for safety and ADA compliance rather than strictly decorative. Thanks for the suggestion!