The Stephenville Public Library received the final touches on a years-long project to update the facility.

The library now sports new landscaping, irrigation and a fresh coat of paint.

Library Manager Mary Merideth said she is pleased with the recent improvements.

"After sprucing up the inside of the library with new paint, carpet, and lighting, the city continued the improvements by having the outside painted and a welcoming rock wall and landscaping installed," Merideth said. "I have had many positive comments from patrons about the makeover results, and the library’s circulation has increased. The library is warm and inviting, and I believe the library improvements show the city’s resolve to maintaining an environment that citizens can take pride in and feel a part of."

Lots of people had a hand in making the improvements, according to Drew Wells, director of community services.

Several area businesses donated material and labor to the project while organizations like Keep Stephenville Beautiful and Friends of the Public Library donated funds.

The latest round of improvements cost about $18,000 with the city spending about $9,000, Wells said.