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