Fayetteville Public Library seeks public input on upcoming expansion

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 is set to begin a major expansion project, and they’re seeking more input from the public on what they’d like to see with the new space.

Library officials will host the first in a series of public input sessions on the expansion on Monday, Oct. 2 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Walker Community Room.

Organizers say the session will help introduce the community to the library expansion design team, and to discuss topics such as library programs and services, connection to the community, sustainability, and others.

“This library belongs to the people of Fayetteville. It is their library,” said David Johnson, Fayetteville Public Library Executive Director. “We encourage everyone to drop in to share their ideas and provide suggestions.”

The library is currently planning an 80,000 square foot expansion on the site of the former City Hospital adjacent to their current site.

Fayetteville voters in August approved a measure to temporarily increase the library’s 1-mill property tax to 3.7 mills, which will generate about $26.5 million to put toward the $49 million expansion cost.

Proposed ideas for the expansion include: doubling the size of youth services; adding more space to meet, study and collaborate; adding a stand-alone genealogy and local history space; adding a multi-purpose center; and doubling the number of covered parking spaces.

The new facility is expected to the completed by 2021.

The input session is open to anyone who’d like to attend. Light appetizers and beverages will be provided.