Library wants public input on future expansion plans

The old City Hospital property, located south of the Fayetteville Public Library at Rock Street and School Avenue, is the planned home of a facility expansion that will nearly double the size of the current library.

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The Fayetteville Public Library will host three public meetings in September to gather feedback and input about a future expansion plan for the 10-year-old library.

The first meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4 at the library and will include a light snack.

A second meeting is set for Friday, Sept. 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will include a light lunch. The final meeting begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6 and will include a brunch.

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All sessions will be held in the library’s Walker Community Room. The meetings will also be streamed live via the library website and viewers may interact with the presenters via Twitter.

The library’s Board of Trustees earlier this year voted unanimously to move forward with a project that would add some 80,000 square feet to the facility, nearly doubling the size of the library.

The estimated $50 million project would expand the library from a single-building facility to a full-on campus stretching south across West Rock Street and onto the recently acquired City Hospital property.

Aside from adding room for more print and audiovisual materials, highlights of the project include a 750-seat multipurpose space that could be used as a community convention center or auditorium, and several public “maker spaces” stocked with 3D printers, video editing bays, and music recording studios.

The public input sessions will be led by Jeffrey Scherer, the project’s architect who designed the current library, and David Johnson, the library’s executive director.