Bentonville
Public Library

$4,975,000 

Bentonville Public Library celebrated 15 years at 405 South Main Street.  Since opening, the library has become a downtown destination for patrons of all ages and backgrounds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The proposed improvements are important to enhance Bentonville Public Library’s already vital role in our city by continuing to offer more services, materials and programs our patrons expect from a first-class library. 

BPL’s project will be financed by the Library Improvement Bond and private fundraising efforts.  

As plans progress, particular details will change, improve and be refined, but the library’s values and proposed amenities will remain the same.

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Our expansion "Dream Team", including representatives from Bentonville Public Library, MSR Design, Hight Jackson and Flintco, attended the Bentonville City Council meeting on March 29, 2022 supporting the Library's expansion plans.

Pictured left to right: Kristilyn Vercruysse, Hadi Dudley, Randal Hurban, Judy Marquess, Angie Bailey, Teresa Stafford, Klint Kimball, Patrick Horath, Jonathan Williams, Larry Perkin (not pictured: Howard Kerr)

​Project Timeline

  • March 8, 2021:  Needs Assessment Study published

  • April 13, 2021:  Voters passed a $4.975M Bond for Library Improvements

  • May 10, 2021:  Bentonville Library Foundation voted to support the project, setting a fundraising goal of $10.5M

  • September 14, 2021:  BPL contracted with MSR Design and Flintco for design and pre-construction services

  • October 2021:  Project kick-off with steering committee, stakeholder discussions and pre-design work

  • November – December 2021:  Topographical survey and geotechnical report complete

  • November 2021 – February 2022:  Schematic Design and Pricing phase

  • May 18, 2022: The Big Reveal Event host by Bentonville Library Foundation

  • Spring –  Summer 2022:  Design Development and Pricing phase

  • Summer – Fall 2022:  Construction Documents phase

  • Winter 2022 – 2023:  Permitting and Bidding phase

  • Spring 2023:  Project is construction-ready

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General Synopsis:

We’re making room for more! 

Bentonville Public Library improvements are planned:

  • Expansion of 22,795+/- SF

  • Interior renovations and modifications

  • Estimated budget = $16.75M +/-

The proposed SF and budget may be modified during the Design Development phase.

 

Proposed design features include:

  • Expansion of the children’s department with a new, larger storytime space and craft area

  • Reimagined teen zone with study and collaboration spaces

  • Multi-purpose activity room (makerspace) for all ages

  • More meeting and collaboration rooms for community use

  • Connections to nature through outdoor spaces

  • Minor renovation to some staff areas

  • Expansion of BPL's bookdrop AMH system (Automatic Materials Handling)

  • Light renovation throughout facility, as needed.

 

Proposed new construction and renovation plan will:

  • Allow BPL to serve more patrons of all ages

  • Provide additional programmable spaces

  • Expand opportunities to connect with others

  • Enhance the library experience

  • Integrate new areas with existing spaces

  • Improve staff’s ability to serve our community

 

Concept Renderings

Concept renderings are images that illustrate what could be designed for the Library’s improvements. 

The final plan is subject to change.

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Expanded Children's Library

  • A vibrant space for young patrons to make meaningful connections to literature

  • Storytime space will welcome large audiences for storytimes, library lessons and other activities

  • Expands services to youth and community families

  • A place for gathering, play-based learning and reading

  • Additionally, a new, larger craft area is proposed with the storytime space

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MSR Design – Big Reveal update Children's department rendering, May 2022

New Activity Room / Makerspace

  • A makerspace for all ages

  • Centralized location and flexible design

  • Versatile for passive programs

  • Programs, workshops, and classes

  • Arts, crafts, making, tinkering, technology, and coding

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Public input was gathered through vision boards for BPL’s Needs Assessment by MSR Design, 2020.

Expansion Site

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In 2020, adjacent properties were acquired to provide a suitable site for BPL’s proposed expansion.

Plans to vacate SE 4th Street are underway.

Massing Concept

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MSR Design - Schematic Design Massing Concept, 2022

Floor Plan

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MSR Design - Moving Forward floor plan, 2022

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Page Updated - May 19, 2022