Public open house scheduled to showcase Fayetteville Public Library expansion design

Fayetteville Public Library expansion rendering / Courtesy image

Residents are invited next week to view the design for the Fayetteville Public Library expansion.

An open house is scheduled from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 29 in the library’s Walker Community Room. Representatives from the Meyer, Scherer and Rockcastle architectural team will review the latest renderings and provide an update on the expansion progress.

Public Open House

What: Architects will review the latest renderings and provide an update on the Fayetteville Public Library’s expansion progress.
When: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29
Where: Fayetteville Public Library’s Walker Community Room
Info: The event is free and open to the public.

The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be provided.

The Fayetteville library, which opened in 2004, was designed to be a 20-year building, but has already reached its capacity in almost every measure.

Statistics have shown that the library has seen a 44 percent increase in circulation – almost half of which is youth services – since it opened 14 years ago.

The new facilities will extend south across Rock Street on the former City Hospital property, and will include about 82,500 square feet of space and 115 parking spaces. Because of the elevation of the property and the envisioned design of the new buildings, the views of the mountains to the south will remain intact, architects have said.

Plans include doubling the size of youth services; an innovation center with an audio recording studio, virtual reality room, photography studio, and a simulation lab; a 700-seat multipurpose center; an outdoor courtyard and green spaces; additional meeting, study and collaboration spaces; a stand-alone genealogy and local history space; and an overall increase in library collections.

Demolition of the former City Hospital building began last month. Construction is expected to begin in early 2019 with completion scheduled for summer 2020.