Designs are in the works for Bentonville Public Library’s expansion.
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Why it matters: Bentonville residents want more out of the library. About 77% of Bentonville voters approved $4.97 million for the library in the April bond election.
Details: Site plans show a 28,555-square-foot addition to the existing 38,500-square-foot building — as well as some outdoor program space.
Feedback from the library staff and the public indicated large meeting room space is needed, Kristilyn Vercruysse of MSR Design said last week at a library meeting.
A community hub will have resources for local events and social services.
The design team is also looking to incorporate into the plans more study rooms, an activity room for all ages, more space for genealogy and makerspace.
The idea is to have spaces be as multifunctional as possible, Vercruysse said.
1 cool thing: Expect the library to embrace the arts and cycling communities. It will have a gallery space highlighting local artists, plenty of bicycle racks and outdoor space with drinking fountains for cyclists.
What's next: Construction could start as soon as early 2023 and will likely take 16 months.
Go deeper: Read the full library needs assessment here.
Flashback: The Fayetteville Public Library completed a major expansion earlier this year. Read about it here.
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