Collins Garden Library
200 N Park Blvd
San Antonio, TX 78204
Collins Garden Branch Library
Collection varies between 44,000 to 45,000 volumes including videos, DVDs, music CDs, and audiobooks
South San Antonio and Bexar County, located in City Council District 5. Serves schools in the San Antonio Independent
School District, Alamo Community College District 5, and School Board of Education 3.
Located in U.S. Congressional District 20, State Senate District 26, State House District 123, Commissioners
Court Precinct 2, Justice of the Peace 2, and Constable 2.
The Library was built on land donated in 1917 to the City by F. F. Collins. Grandson Finis F. Collins and other
family members reversed reversionary clause of the deed to permit the building of the library in response to
COPS (Communities Organized for Public Service) request for more neighborhood libraries. In appreciation, the
Library Board voted in October 1983 to name the branch Collins Garden Branch Library. The groundbreaking
for the 15th branch was held on December 4, 1983. It was officially dedicated on December 2, 1984 and
opened to the public on December 17, 1984. Architects for the $1.4 million project were Alex Caragonne and
Lee Reyna of Reyna/Caragonne Architects. A renovation began in 1995 and the building was rededicated on
July 20, 1996. De Lara Architects, Inc. were responsible for the $320,750 renovation made possible by a 1989
Captain Finis Foster Collins was a pioneer and one of the first traveling salesmen of Texas, selling and being in
charge of the manufacturing of windmills and pumps. He was born and raised in Mount Enterprise, in Rusk
County, Texas. He settled in San Antonio, bought the land where the library is now located and turned it into
truck farms watered by an artesian well located on the land, reserving one for his own use.
$50,000 for initial book stock in December 1984 by Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich
Parking for approximately ___ cars.
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