The original Glen Allen Branch Library opened in August, 1995 to provide library services to the northern part of the Brookland District. Rapid growth in the area fostered a major renovation and expansion project approved by voters in a 2005 bond referendum. PSA-Dewberry designed the new building of more than 25,000 square feet, doubling it from the original size and retaining the beauty of the wood-accented interior and comfortable spaces filled with natural light. It reopened in October 2010. Among the special features are a unique Founding Fathers collection, a 3,000 square foot courtyard, a rain-forest themed children's area and dedicated program room, automated book returns, and spaces for public meetings and quiet study. During the expansion many energy saving and environmentally friendly changes were incorporated, which have led to Silver Certification in the U.S. Green Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. This is the County's first general government facility to attain the LEED designation.