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This fall 2021, Bentonville Public Library will celebrate 15 years at 405 South Main Street.  Since opening, the library has become a downtown destination for patrons of all ages and backgrounds. 

Community use is demonstrated by strong circulation, growth in program attendance and a sustained need for quality offerings confirmed through visits and patron feedback. 

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. 

An expansion is necessary to better align the library with growth in population, school enrollment and city development cited in the 2018 Bentonville Community Plan.

The Library Improvement Bond will finance an expansion of the youth area, interior renovations of existing areas and site development. The final plans may vary from the following descriptions.


General Synopsis:

Bentonville Public Library improvements are planned:

  • Expansion of 6,400 SF

  • Interior renovation of 10,000 SF

  • Light renovation as needed throughout

  • Improvements = 16,400 SF + light reno + site development


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 exterior 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



Concept Renderings

Ideas for the expanded Storytime Room and Activity Room reflect growth options developed by MSR Design and used for inspiration during the Library’s Needs Assessment study.  Concept designs funded by the Bentonville Library Foundation.

Expanded Storytime Space

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

  • Welcoming to 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

New Activity Room

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  • 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

Proposed Site Plan

The proposed site plan demonstrates how the building could be developed on the land owned by the City of Bentonville that is available to be funded by a Library Improvement Bond.

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MSR Design created the plan based on the firm’s expertise in library design for the BPL’s Needs Assessment study.To support BPL’s plan for growth, the Bentonville Library Foundation conveyed certain properties to the City of Bentonville and the City purchased an adjacent parcel, securing land suitable for the Library’s future expansion.

Proposed Layout

The proposed layout is a visual representation of what could be developed when the library’s expansion is designed.  The layout illustrates how available land could accommodate more than one expansion option.

Library Improvement Bond Option:

  • 6,400 SF (orange)

Additional growth options for phased expansion on the library’s property:

  • 13,700 SF (purple)

  • 20,100 SF (pink)

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The diagram is included as a sample layout based on community feedback collected by MSR Design in the Library’s Needs Assessment study.