Spaces dedicated to the memory of Polly & Charles Brinkley's service to the NRH Library
Mrs. Polly Brinkley served on the Commission and the Library Board for many years. The Children's Area and story time room in the current building are dedicated in memory of her & her husband's service to our Library and our city.
The first North Richland Hills Library was opened on May 2, 1971 and was located inside the Richland Plaza Shopping Center, originally on Grapevine Highway at HWY 183. After a failure to pass a bond issue to build a new municipal complex, the Library was relocated from Richland Plaza to the City Hall complex at 7301 Loop 820 in early 1976. The Library closed on February 4, 1985 for two weeks to make the transition to a computerized cataloging system.
On September 10, 1985, a $40 million bond passed and included approximately $5 million to purchase and renovate the old Richland Hills Church of Christ (located on the service road of Rufe Snow and 820), which would become a new library and municipal complex.
Library building from 1987-2008
The building at Rufe Snow opened on September 26, 1987, with a grand opening ceremony that included a chili-cook-off, dog agility contest, official speeches from city and state officials and an appearance by the current Miss Texas. The building at Rufe Snow was over 85,000 square feet (including recreation center space) and included the newest technology: personal computers.
The story of the conversion of the old church into a modern library was featured in Texas Library Journal.
The Library would remain at this location until 2008, when the current facility (located at 9015 Grand Avenue) would open to the public on April 19, 2008. The building at Rufe Snow was demolished in 2017 and the site is being re-developed into two restaurants.
Ribbon cutting at the new Library
The current location has 54,000 ft.2 (including approximately 8,000 ft.2 for expansion) and is located in a town center that features residences and shops and is walking distance from an elementary school, high school, city recreation center and senior center.