Tuesday, January 08, 2019

The Arlington Public Library is excited to reopen its Woodland West Branch on Saturday, February 2, 2019. The branch was closed for renovations in 2018 and will reopen with a day of celebration festivities.

Woodland West’s loyal patrons and the rest of the Arlington community are invited to the grand reopening on February 2 from 10 a.m. to noon to enjoy activities with other book lovers. Coffee and donuts will be available while supplies last. 

The branch will be open that day until its usual closing time of 5 p.m.


Schedule of Events:

  • 10 a.m. - Remarks from City officials, followed by a ribbon cutting
  • 10:30 a.m., or immediately following ribbon cutting - Storytime 

The following activities will take place throughout the event (while supplies last):

  • crafts
  • puzzles
  • games
  • door prizes

“The renovations will allow us to provide our best service at the Woodland West Branch,” says Acting Director of Libraries Norma Zuniga. “Woodland West is truly a community hub and we look forward to opening our doors once more to our patrons.”

During the renovations period, improvements were made throughout the building. Woodland West’s storefront and entryway were remodeled to feature easily accessible swinging doors with push button automatic openers. Walls of windows at the front of the building allow natural light to the children’s section on the east side of the branch and the periodicals reading section on the west.

The public restrooms were also remodeled to be more accessible and to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Other updates to the building’s interior include new carpet and shelving. Three of the four rooftop HVAC units were replaced as well.

Longtime patrons will be happy to know that Woodland West’s distinctive children’s mural, decorative etched glass walls, and curved circulation desk remain unchanged.

The Woodland West Branch is one of the Arlington Public Library’s busiest locations. Woodland West has been in its current location since 1996 and serves a diverse neighborhood full of dedicated library lovers. Despite being the system’s smallest branch, Woodland West circulates more books each month than other, larger locations.

The improvements to Woodland West are funded through a five-year, $236 million dollar bond package approved by Arlington voters in 2014. Click here to learn more about bond projects in Arlington.

Woodland West is located at 2837 W. Park Row Boulevard. After reopening on February 2, the branch will be open its usual hours of Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Come to the grand reopening from 10 a.m. to noon to see all that’s changed—and all that’s stayed the same.