1015 N. Quincy Street
Anticipated construction start - winter 2017/2018
**Library programs and services, including access to all collections, will be uninterrupted throughout the duration of the project**
Anticipated completion - winter 2018/2019
About the Project
The County Board recently approved a $1.7 million contract to upgrade Central library.
Building upgrades and design elements include:
- Three new meeting rooms and updated reading room area on first floor
- New multi-purpose technology and maker lab (a community-based space where people can share knowledge and tools to create together) equipped with a tool and storage room, work benches, design areas and computer station on second floor
- Redesigned public PC stations
- New reference desk stations, furniture and media shelving
- Relocation of pick up area for holds
- Bookstore for Friends of the Arlington Public Library
- Energy efficient electrical fixtures and new power supply outlets for public use
- Semi-transparent glass walls; private yet contemporary
- ADA upgrades; redesign of ramp in front of main parking lot and addition of protective railing underneath staircase on first floor
**Architect renderings are displayed in the image gallery on the right.
In 2011/2012 the project's goals were informed by public work sessions and surveys around the 'Futures of Libraries."
The project is funded through the Rosemarie Bowie Trust, PAYGO and GO Bonds.
In July 2013, the County Board accepted a gift under the Will of Rosemarie G. Bowie for the sole and exclusive benefit of the Arlington County Department of Libraries. The funds from this gift were saved to the Rosemarie Bowie Trust and Agency account and are being used to partially fund these renovations.