Dream: Central – Building the Library of Tomorrow

History Of Downtown Project :: Questions & Answers

What is the estimated timeline for the project?

November 2015 – Complete Construction Documents
December 2015 – Final Pricing
January 2016 – Construction Contract Approved
May 2016 – Construction Starts
July 2016 – Finalize Furniture Selection
February 2018 – Construction Completion
April 2018 – FFE Install/Move-in
May 2018 – Dedication

What will be in the Library?

In addition to the collection, computers, study and reading areas, the Library will offer an array of amenities.

First Floor: Lobby with Friend’s bookstore and a café/vending area, a large multi-purpose meeting room, children’s program room and small group study room.
Second Floor: Digital Arts Lab, Technology Learning Lab, group study rooms, teen spaces and adult literacy program areas.
Third Floor:Genealogy/Local History, a quiet reading room, study/meeting rooms, and a roof garden.

Why does the Central Library have to close while the new building is being built?

Spacing out two major downtown developments individually (the new library and development where the library currently resides) would make each construction project take much longer to reach completion. Additionally, parking capacity is a key component within this construction process. A new parking garage will be built, in tandem with the library and the new development project, to accommodate growth in the downtown area.

What is going to happen with the lot that the old Central Library was built on?

The 101 Center mixed-use development plan includes four- and six-story buildings with high-end apartments over retail.

Where will the new library be built?

The new George W. Hawkes Downtown Library will be built north of Abram Street (Southside of the Railroad Tracks), north of City Hall and west of Center Street.

Why is the project not a part of a bond package?

A bond package has a limited funding capacity and only provides for basic needs.  A capital funding campaign not only will help provide for a facility that can better serve citizens of Arlington, it also creates a stronger sense of community, pride and ownership.

When did Central Library close?

December 23, 2014

Where will the temporary location be while the new library is being built?

Central Express is located at 200 North Cooper St. (SW corner of N Cooper St & Division St).

What services and materials will be available at the temporary location?

The following services will be made available: Computer access, Wi-Fi, and adult and children’s new materials, high demand DVD, and holds pickup.

There will be 12 public computers and 2 express computers at the temporary location. Public computing will offer 40-minute sessions with a maximum of 2 sessions per day.

What are the service hours of Central Express?

Monday – Thursday:  9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday:  Closed

Will there be extended hours at branch locations?

East Arlington Branch Library (1624 New York Ave Arlington, TX 76010, 817-275-3321) will have extended hours:  Monday – Thursday:  9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday – Saturday:  9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday:  2 p.m. to 6 p.m. beginning on Friday, December 26, 2014.

Will there be staff reductions during this transition?

No staff reductions.

What will happen to the Downtown Library materials? Will they be accessible?

Some of the collection will be available at the Central Express location (200 N. Cooper St.) and the rest of the collection will be moved to a warehouse. This warehouse location will be announced, of which all warehoused materials will be accessible to the public.

Where will the genealogy collection be moved?

The genealogy collection will be moved to the Northeast Branch Library (1905 Brown Blvd, Arlington, TX 76006, 817-277-5573)