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Library Expansion and Renovation

Construction has begun!  Items in the library have been rearranged to fit into a temporarily smaller space. 

  • A temporary wall was built inside the current building so that demolition could begin on the north side of the building.  Demolition for this phase is now completed.

  • Footings began to be poured on May 31st.

  • The construction noise disrupts some people who need quiet places to concentrate.  If you are looking for a quieter time to visit, the evenings are often much quieter.

  Project Timeline:

  • Phase I Construction Begins: Construction of new addition - April 2017

  • Move from Phase I into Phase II: Library materials and service relocated into new addition. Building closed to the public during the move - November 2017

  • Phase II Construction Begins: Renovation of current building - December 2017

  • Construction Complete - Summer 2018

  • Preparation for Opening: Library materials and services relocated into full building. Building closed to the public during the move. - Summer 2018

  • Grand Opening - Summer 2018


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.  A groundbreaking ceremony was held on April 20, 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 Summer 2018.  View the project timeline.

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.