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Public Library


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 hosted by Bentonville Library Foundation

  • April – August 2022:  Design Development and Pricing phase

  • September – December 2022:  Construction Documents and Pricing phase

  • January and February 2023:  Permitting and Bidding

  • Spring 2023: Construction begins and Groundbreaking

  • May 20 - June 3 2024: Two-week closure to move Friends of the Library Read It Again Bookstore, install new 9-bin materials sorter, and temporarily move reception desk. 

  • Late summer 2024: Projected temporary closure

  • Fall 2024:  Projected Grand Opening!

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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

  • Exterior modifications

  • Estimated budget = $16.75M +/-


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

  • 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 – Design Development renderings, Sept. 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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MSR Design – Construction Documents renderings, Oct. 2022

Expansion Site


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 – Construction Documents renderings, Oct. 2022

Floor Plan

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MSR Design – Construction Documents renderings, Oct. 2022

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Page Updated -  January 25, 2023

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