The Tye Preston Memorial Library serves the informational, recreational and educational needs of community residents and seasonal visitors. We value our customers and strive to treat each person with respect. We serve the community by providing meeting facilities for various educational, civic and social functions. Through our resources, programs and services, we reach out to young children, students, families, senior citizens and the community, providing a safe, friendly and inviting place to visit–a place where minds expand and imaginations soar, a place where books are only the beginning.
We have succeeded when…every resident of the Canyon Lake Community Library District and seasonal visitors frequently use the Tye Preston Memorial Library, in person and online, as a source of information, recreation and education…when all of our children are better prepared for success in school and in life, having benefited from our programs and services…when we become your destination for a lifetime.
The Tye Preston Memorial Library predominantly serves the Canyon Lake Community Library District which includes the area of Canyon Lake and surrounding areas, and a population of 27,827. However, TPML is a free public library that is open to all visitors regardless of residency.
The Tye Preston Memorial Library is managed by the Board of Trustees and is funded by a 0.5% sales tax collected within the library’s district.
History of Tye Preston Memorial Library
In 1971 the Pilot Club of Canyon Lake created a library for the community. The Pilot Club Community Library began with donated books and supplies, and a staff of volunteer workers. The Pilot Club of Canyon Lake continues to support the Tye Preston Memorial Library to this day. In 1973, Harry Preston donated land for the building of a new library building and asked that the library be named in memory of his mother, Tye Preston.
With the creation of the new library, a board of directors was formed, and the library was incorporated under laws of the State of Texas. The dedication for the new library building happened on February 20, 1977.
In 1981, the Friends of the Tye Preston Memorial Library, which was formed to promote the interest and welfare of the library as a cultural and educational asset to the Canyon Lake area, was incorporated into the library.
On January 15th, 2000 voters approved creation of The Canyon Lake Community District and elected the first Board of Trustees. On June 25th, 2004 the Casteel family presented the Canyon Lake Community Library District with a deed to 6.1 acres of land as the site for a new Tye Preston Memorial Library building.
The current building for the Tye Preston Memorial Library opened on October 9th, 2010. It features the Pathway of Friends (originally created in 1995 at the old library building,) as well as the Susan Bogle Butterfly Garden, The Art Walk, an expansive covered deck and outdoor patio, as well as meeting spaces, study rooms, public computers and The Hive.