Improvements and Shared Uses with Arlington Public Schools
The Columbia Pike library will be consolidating to the first floor by the end of 2020, offering significantly improved library space for patrons on the first floor. The library will offer the same quantity and quality of library services on the first floor, including the same programming (story hours), number of public computers, and access to collections. The library will have expanded small meeting room options following the renovation.
The second floor vacated by the library will hold up to 6 classrooms, plus a large, flexible common area space. Some classrooms and the common area space will be shared with the library during non-school hours. These classrooms will be available for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. The library will temporarily close while this renovation is completed. Further work is needed to finalize plans and timelines.
Members of the Arlington County Board and Arlington Public School Board co-hosted a community update on the Columbia Pike library on November 18, 2019. APS’ architect, Stantec, presented early concept plans of the renovated library and new classroom space, which will be used by the community during non-school hours.
As the process moves forward, more information will be shared about the timeline of the project and length of the temporary closure.