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 various user groups in our community, and by providing programs and services to meet the cultural and educational needs and interests of 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 located in the gallery operated by Food for Thought Market & Cafe. Operating hours and specials can be found on their Facebook page.

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

map first floor
  1. Civic Auditorium
  2. Gallery / Lobby
  3. Restrooms
  4. Meeting Room
  5. Board Room
  6. Library Entrance
  7. Check Out Desk
  8. DVDs, Blu-rays, New Books
  9. Children's Library
  10. Teen'scape
  11. Audiobooks / Stairs
  12. Elevator
  13. Music CDs / Magazines
Second Floor Layout
map second floor
  1. Adult Fiction
  2. Print Station / Adult Graphic Novels /
    Large Print / Allen Top 25
  3. Administration / Staff Area
  4. Program Room
  5. Quiet Lounge
  6. Reference Desk
  7. Biography / Adult Nonfiction / Oversize
  8. Restrooms
  9. Group Study Rooms