Central Visioning

Results from our Survey

Since January of 2010 we have been soliciting public input by way of focus groups, public surveys, public meetings, stakeholder and staff interviews to determine what the future of Central Library services should be. We have also conducted a thorough review of our current facility to determine its strengths and weaknesses. We hope to have a course mapped out toward achieving the wants and needs of Arlington residents for Central Library services by January of 2012. The course that we anticipate will likely stretch out over the next 5-7 years, so your patience is requested as we work through the milestones.

Want to know what others think about the future of the library? Take a look at their comments PDF, 249 KB

NOTE: If you are not able to open the documents above, try our SlideShare presentation. The illustrations and costs estimates were produced by Perkins+Will and are not architectural renderings. They purposely are of a very generic nature since we have not yet arrived at the point in the planning process where deciding on an architectural design would be feasible or desirable.

New to the Project?

If you’re new to this project, please be sure to browse the information below for work that has been completed over the last two years that helped us arrive at the options above. In order to complete our review of our options, we need your opinions! In a city of over 365,000 residents with busy lives, it’s sometimes difficult to make sure that everyone is aware of what’s going on and if you haven’t been, it’s not too late for you to catch up with where we’ve been and help us decide where we’re going. This project is funded through general obligation bonds approved by Arlington voters in 1999.

The goals of the Central Visioning Project:

• To form a vision of what Arlington citizens want and need from Central Library services
• To assess the physical condition and future viability of the Central Library building
• To determine the next steps and the costs for achieving the vision.

Map of Existing Library

Diagram of the existing George W. Hawkes Central Library


December 2009

Stakeholder Kickoff meeting
Bio of George W. Hawkes, Central's Namesake
Community Visioning and Facilities Presentation

December 2009 – May 2010

Complete the assessment of the current facility
Facility Assessment Executive Summary - Spring 2010  (PDF, 78 KB)

December 2009 – September 2010

Conduct public meetings, gather library service usage and collection data, hold stakeholder interviews, survey the public to create the Vision Statement and Program of Service.
Central Library Visioning Survey - June 2010

November 2010 – December 2010

Finalize Vision Statement and Program of Service

December 2010

Our consultants, Providence Associates, collected library data, surveyed Arlington residents, held public meetings and conducted stakeholder interviews. This process resulted in a vision for Central Library Services to be shared with the community before finalizing it and moving on to the next step of matching up the building with the vision.
Arlington Central Library Vision

February 2011

Present Vision Statement and Program of Service to City Council

January 2011 – October 2011

Determine facility needs for achieving the vision, estimate costs and draft a funding plan for moving forward.

November 2011 – December 2011

Present facility options and costs to the public and narrow options to finalize future plans
21st Century Downtown Library - November 2011
Results From Our Survey - December 2011

January 2012

Final Central Library Visioning report presented

Summer 2012

North Texas Low Impact Development Design Competition - The Arlington team is challenged with conceptually designing a property with the potential of meeting the vision for the Central Library as part of Arlington’s Civic Center while incorporating LID techniques, reducing impervious cover, promoting infiltration, reducing stormwater pollution and reducing long-term maintenance costs.

Fall 2012 – Present

As directed by City Council Community & Neighborhood Development Committee, COA staff is continuing to explore a wide range of options and strategies for a new or renovated Central Library facility, using the results of the completed study.  These options still include the possibility of renovation, a new building in the current location or the option of a library being included in a larger public-private development in Downtown Arlington.