A Welcoming Place to Inspire the Mind

This 54,000-square-foot, two-story facility serves as the main hub for the community’s cultural, informational and learning needs. We are dedicated to improving the quality of life of our users by supporting their life-long learning and informational needs. We do this by offering programs for specific user groups in our community, and by providing programs and services to meet the cultural and educational needs and interests in Allen.

Library History
Mayor Gentry Jones proclaimed Allen Public Library Day on October 22, 1967, when the Allen Public Library (APL) first opened its doors as an all-volunteer organization. The library became a city department in 1971. In February 2005, the library opened in its current location at 300 North Allen Drive.

In addition to a variety of amenities, the current facility includes a convenient drive-through drop-off box located on the south side of the building, off Coats Drive. Books, videos and other library materials can be returned any time using the drive-through.

The library also features a café that is operated by a business vendor.

Diagram of the Current Library Facility
To help you access all the library has to offer, a diagram of the current facility is available for your use.

First Floor Layout
  1. Board Room
  2. Check Out Desk
  3. Children’s Library
  4. Civic Auditorium
  5. Gallery / Lobby
  6. Magazine Lounge
  7. Meeting Room
  8. Restrooms
  9. Teen’scape
  10. Media / New Books

Second Floor Layout

  1. Administration
  2. Adult Fiction
  3. Biography / Adult Nonfiction / Oversize
  4. Program Room
  5. Group Study Rooms
  6. Quiet Lounge
  7. Large Print / Adult Fiction
  8. Reference Desk
  9. Restrooms