Central Community Library to Undergo Renovation

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Provided by Prince William Public Library System

How does a state-of-the-art Makerspace, a new space for RELIC (the Ruth E. Lloyd Genealogy Library), and a third venue for U.S. Passport Services sound? All of this – and more – is coming to Central Community Library in just a few months. The library will be closed beginning Jan. 15 for extensive renovations to better serve the community.
Central Community Library had more than 160,000 visits in Fiscal Year 2019. Its programs were attended by more than 20,000 patrons. Central has recently been identified as a venue to try a new approach in offering library services. Before this new model can be implemented, the library must undergo necessary renovations beginning Jan. 15, with an expected re-open date of June 2020. During the renovation period, Central’s book drop will remain open. All book requests can be picked up at Bull Run Regional Library or another branch of the patron’s choosing.
“The ‘new’ Central Community Library model will offer patrons a unique experience unlike any other in the county,” said Deborah L. Wright, PWPLS Library Director. “The library will have the intimate feel offered by our neighborhood libraries. It will also offer enhanced services and programs patrons experience in a community library setting.”

NEW SERVICES

  • Central’s Makerspace Studio 8601 will offer dynamic programming and educational experiences, including Cricut vinyl cutters, sewing machines, and coding toys like Spheros, Ozobots, and Makey Makey.
  • RELIC, the Ruth E. Lloyd Genealogy Library, will be moving back to Central in a new enclosed space, and will include all of RELIC’s materials, including its microfiche readers.
  • U.S. Passport Services: Previously offered only at Haymarket Gainesville and Potomac Community Libraries, Central’s “central” location in the county makes it a great venue to offer U.S. Passport Services.
  • The new enhanced layout will allow for patrons to have even more access to public access computers, printers, copiers and scanners, mobile printing, and reliable Wi-Fi.

SPACE

Central Community Library will have more open space for programming and general enjoyment of the library. It will also offer a strategically designed layout to allow for a better flow, as well as more study and conference rooms for patrons, including:
  • Redesigned Children’s Area
  • Community Room booking for our civic organizations
  • One Quiet Study Room
  • Two Small Individual Study/Conference Rooms for up to four people

CONTINUED COMMITMENT TO OUR PATRONS

  • Programming: Central is re-opening just in time for Summer Reading, including offering quality programming.
  • Staff Support: Central will have a redesigned full-service concierge desk with reference and circulation services.
  • Library Materials: We will continue to offer a full-range of library materials: books, children’s materials, audio-visual, and periodicals as well as access to our Digital Library and its resources through public access computers.

COMFORT

  • Central’s restrooms will be renovated and will be expanded and made ADA-compliant.
  • New, inviting seating will be available, both in the study rooms and open-space areas.

While Central is undergoing renovations, the other 10 branches throughout the county will continue to offer the services and programs patrons have come to expect. Library digital services will not be impacted. Patrons who frequent Central Community Library can continue to access digital services without issue. PWPLS will continue to provide status updates as they occur on pwcgov.org/library.

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