Dream: Central – Building the Library of Tomorrow

How We Closed Central Library :: Central Library Visioning Project

As Arlington’s Center for Learning, the Downtown Library will offer a unique facility where learning for all ages, family enrichment, and civic interaction come alive!

History of the Project

Beginning in January of 2010 we solicited public input by way of focus groups, public surveys, public meetings, and stakeholder and staff interviews to determine what the future of Library services should be. We also conducted a thorough review of our current facility to determine its strengths and weaknesses. If you’re new to this project, please be sure to browse the information below for work that has been completed over the last four years.

December 2009
Stakeholder kickoff meeting Bio of George W. Hawkes, Central’s Namesake, Community Visioning and Facilities Presentation

December 2009 – May 2010
Complete the assessment of the current facility
Facility Assessment Executive Summary – Spring 2010 (PDF, 78 KB)

December 2009 – September 2010
Conduct public meetings, gather library service usage and collection data, hold stakeholder interviews, survey the public to create the Vision Statement and Program of Service.

June 2010Central Library Visioning Survey

November 2010 – December 2010
Finalize Vision Statement and Program of Service

December 2010
Our consultants, Providence Associates, collected library data, surveyed Arlington residents, held public meetings and conducted stakeholder interviews. This process resulted in a vision for Central Library Services to be shared with the community before finalizing it and moving on to the next step of matching up the building with the vision.
Arlington Central Library Vision

February 2011
Present Vision Statement and Program of Service to City Council

January 2011 – October 2011
Determine facility needs for achieving the vision, estimate costs and draft a funding plan for moving forward.

November 2011 – December 2011
Present facility options and costs to the public and narrow options to finalize future plans
21st Century Downtown Library – November 2011
Results From Our Survey – December 2011

January 2012
Final Central Library Visioning report presented

Summer 2012
North Texas Low Impact Development Design Competition – The Arlington team is challenged with conceptually designing a property with the potential of meeting the vision for the Central Library as part of Arlington’s Civic Center while incorporating LID techniques, reducing impervious cover, promoting infiltration, reducing stormwater pollution and reducing long-term maintenance costs.

Fall 2012 – 2013
As directed by City Council Community & Neighborhood Development Committee, COA staff explored a wide range of options and strategies for a new or renovated Central Library facility, using the results of the completed study.

Arlington Central Library
Recommended Plan of Service
and Facility Options for Consideration

Options & Estimates (PDF, 1.8 MB) Contains diagrams and cost estimates detailing three options with pros and cons of each. The illustrations and costs estimates were produced by Perkins+Will and are not architectural renderings. They purposely were of a very generic nature.