About the new Fairfield Area Library

  • Fairfield Area Library

    The new Fairfield Area Library is situated on a 10-acre site southeast of Laburnum Avenue and Watts Lane, near the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center. It opened October 6, 2019.

    The 44,803 square foot, two-story library features modern design with an open lobby, a classroom and meeting room, group study and conference spaces, a dedicated teen area, Digital Media Lab, and drive-up window for patrons to pick up and drop off materials. The site has an outdoor entry plaza, space for outdoor activities, parking for up to 220 vehicles, and room for a 16,000 square foot addition in the future. The library marks a significant upgrade from the existing Fairfield Library, which opened in 1976 and was 24,000 square feet.

    County officials will seek LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification status for the library; the LEED program, operated by the U.S. Green Building Council, recognizes facilities that are environmentally friendly.

    Architect's Renderings

    View from Laburnum

    View from Laburnum

    View from Watts Lane

    View from Watts Lane

    Main Entrance

    Main Entrance

    Main Lobby

    Main Lobby

    Adult Collection

    Adult Collection

    Children's Collection

    Children's Collection

  • Who is the architectural firm for the project?
    Quinn Evans Architects (formerly BCWH) of Richmond and Tappé Associates of Boston.

    What is the estimated cost of the project?
    $29 million.

    Where is the funding for this project coming from?
    Henrico voters approved funding for this project in the county's 2016 bond referendum.

    What stage is the project in?
    Gulf Seaboard Construction was awarded a contract to build the new Fairfield Library. Construction began in June 2018. The Library opened on October 6, 2019.

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