John and Judy Gay Library Construction

Construction Updates

June 22, 2020

The John and Judy Gay Library is open and operating regular hours. We look forward to seeing you and showing off our new features!

June 18, 2020

Are you as excited as we are for the John and Judy Gay Library to re-open? Well then, here’s a sneak peek of what awaits you!

Toddler Room

March 5, 2020

Wondering what the library looks like on the other side of the wall? Take a look!

Musical Area (You Can Only Hear Music When Below it)

January 30, 2020

New year, new library! Our larger space is open again.

Reopened into Larger Space

December 31, 2019

The John & Judy Gay library is closed Jan. 6 - Jan. 12. During this time the entire site and outside book drop is closed and access is unavailable. 

Temporary Internet Workstation Policy Change begins Monday, Jan. 13

Eight internet workstations will be available for public use. Internet workstations sessions will be 1 hour long and an extra 15 minutes is granted only if other computers are available for other patrons. This occurs automatically at 5 minutes before the scheduled end of the session. You may ask a staff member for a 15-minute extension before that time if you wish.

Patrons who need longer internet sessions, for example taking a test, can visit the Hall Library at 101 E. Hunt St., which has 30 internet workstations available for the public. 

Computer Lab During Construction

December 17, 2019

The John & Judy Gay Branch library will be closed Jan. 6 - Jan. 12.

Construction work to unify the old and new sections of the library requires that the building be closed Monday, Jan. 6 - Sunday, Jan. 12. 

Beginning Monday, Jan. 13, there will be a smaller publicly accessible floor plan to facilitate the expansion and renovation process. There will be 8 public computers, a browsing collection of library items for immediate checkout, WiFi access, and limited seating. This smaller floor plan should last into early February, with official grand opening celebration plans set for the first week in June.

For residents needing a quiet study space or meeting room, access to the Roy and Helen Hall facilities will remain unchanged during this time. We apologize for this inconvenience, but know that this is a necessary part of the process.

We are not accepting donations at this time.


John and Judy Gay Closure

December 4, 2019

December 6 is the last day the library will accept donations. With the renovations currently underway, storage space is at a premium and we do not currently have room for donations. 

You may continue to drop off donations at the following locations: Half Price Books, the Salvation Army, the Samaritan Inn’s resale shop, and assisted living centers. 

Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Donation Shelf

November 19, 2019

The sidewalk in front of John and Judy Gay has been fixed and our new programming room is taking shape. Take a look!

Fixed Entryway

November 5, 2019

They are currently pouring the concrete for the sidewalk in front of John and Judy Gay. Thanks for bearing with us as we strive to make the library more accessible for our patrons. Also, check out the progress being made on our building expansion!

Construction Update for Eastern Expansion

September 27, 2019

We’ve got steel! The steel beams are up and the expansion is finally taking shape. Construction has also begun on the sidewalk in front of the library. Take a look!

Sidewalk Construction

August 17, 2019

Construction crews have begun pouring concrete for the building expansion. Wondering what the expansion will look like? Take a peek at the interior design schematic

Concrete Work 8.17.19

July 17, 2019

We have a road! The concrete has been poured for the road connecting the John and Judy Gay Library to the Gabe Nesbitt Park. This will give patrons another route to exit and enter the library. This area will also feature an adjoining parking, so no more fighting for a parking spot!

Newly Poured Concrete Road

June 14, 2019

The temporary wall is up! This wall will help separate the library from the hustle and bustle of construction. Due to its placement, this will also limit the number of people allowed in the programming rooms so make sure to register for programs to ensure your spot! Register for programs here

Wall in Youth Area

June 11, 2019

Summer is here and so is the groundwork for the John and Judy Gay Library Expansion. Take a look!A Peek Through the Window

June 4, 2019

The book drop on the west side of the John and Judy Gay Library is officially closed! For your safety, please do not enter this construction area on foot. Please return materials inside the building or at one of our remote drop locations

Book Drop Closure

May 15, 2019

Within the next week, the book drop located on the west side of the John and Judy Gay Library will be closed due to construction. Patrons may either drop their materials off inside the library or use one of our two remote book drop locations:

Westgate Shopping Center, U.S. 75 at Louisiana St. (105 S. Central Expwy., McKinney)

Legacy Texas Bank, Hardin Boulevard at Eldorado Parkway (2976 Eldorado Pkwy., McKinney)

JJG Outside Book Drop

April 30, 2019

It has only been a week since the groundbreaking but look at how much progress has been made! The John and Judy Gay Library sign has been removed from the east wall and the construction crew is hard at work. 

Progress of the John and Judy Gay expansion

April 23, 2019

The official groundbreaking ceremony took place at the John & Judy Gay Library, and the interior design schematic was presented.

JJGL Interior Thumbnail

April 16, 2019

Demolition of existing corner porches on the east side has begun. The U.S. and Texas flags have been temporarily removed as the flagpoles will be taken down due to construction on the sidewalks and road. 

Construction on the east wall

March 19, 2019

Construction has begun on the road that will extend from the current John and Judy Gay driveway to the Gabe Nesbitt Park exit to the west. This second exit is required due to library expansion. This road will bring with it additional parking, landscaping and a wide walk area. 

Construction on new road

March 12, 2019

The construction crew has started to set up the construction site. They will be breaking ground at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 in the field to the east of the library. Shovels and hardhats will be present for the ceremony. Check out the event.

Construction crew putting up fence