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Library Expansion and Renovation

Update: We had to cut down the trees around the library that needed to be removed for construction.  Nearly all of the trees that were removed were Ash Trees that would have been taken down and replaced over the next 5-10 years due to the Emerald Ash Borer.  We will replant trees and other landscaping when the construction is finished. 

In November 2014, voters approved a 36-month, 1/2 cent sales tax increase that will fund the expansion and renovation of the Norfolk Public Library.

  • The collection of the additional half-cent sales tax began in April 2015.

  • The Norfolk City Council approved the selection of Alley Poyner Macchietto, Inc. to be the architects for the project. 

  • Design work for the project began in November 2015.  Final building plans and construction documents were completed in December 2016 and the project was put out for bids.  Bids were due on January 27, 2017.  The contract will be awarded at the March 6, 2017 City Council Meeting.

  • No bonds are being issued and no loans are being taken out, so the money has been collected and set aside during this time.  Enough has been collected that construction can now begin.  Groundbreaking will happen in Spring 2017.

  • The library will remain open as much as possible during the construction process.  The new addition will be added first and library services will be moved into the new addition while the existing facility is renovated.  When that work is completed, the full facility will be opened for the public.

  • It is estimated that the construction will be complete in Spring 2018.

This investment will provide for the current needs of the library and and will provide the space needed for the next 20 years.  The 16,000 square foot addition will bring the total size of the library to 38,000 square feet which includes roughly 2,500 square feet for the City's Information Services Division and 35,500 square feet for Library space.

These plans were developed through a Space Needs Study that was conducted in 2014.  The plans include expanded parking, drive-up access to the book drop, improvements to our children's area including a playful early learning environment, an expanded area for teens, access to hands-on technology training in a Makerspace lab, improved and expanded space for library programs and community meeting rooms, more accessible space for the library's collection of materials, more study room space, quiet spaces, and updated staff work spaces for both the Library and Information Services staff.  The full study report and recommended building program is available here: Norfolk Public Library Space Needs Assessment and Building Program 2014.

The images below are courtesy of Alley Poyner Macchietto, Inc.