Fayetteville Public Library

Expansion that doubles the size of a community library and sets the stage for innovative programming and services

This expansion to a community library, originally designed by MSR Design, redefines the traditional public library model, providing enhanced educational opportunities, services, and innovative programming for all ages. The expansion follows the sloping topography sited below the existing building to create a three-sided courtyard with local plantings that serves as a new public gathering space.

The addition includes a 700-seat, flexible event center that serves as a full-function auditorium; additional meeting and group study spaces; greatly expanded youth services; an innovation center with audio recording studio, video recording studio, editing suites, virtual reality studio, photography studio, a simulation lab, and a fabrication and robotics lab; an art and movement room; an expanded children’s library; a private teens-only lounge and gaming center; a green roof; a commercial teaching kitchen for cooking classes and food production; and a deli that serves the community.

“This community loves its library, and that is most genuinely expressed in their willingness to continue to invest in its future. MSR Design has given us a gorgeous space to fulfill our library dreams.”
­—David Johnson, Director | Fayetteville Public Library
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