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The Evolution of Public Libraries Begins Here The Fayetteville Public Library Capital Campaign

Our Progress

The idea of expanding Fayetteville Public Library has been in the making for many years. Thanks to the continued support of Fayetteville residents, the expansion is now under way with the demolition of the former City Hospital building. Learn about some the key milestones that got us to this point as well as next steps in the process.

2013 MARCH

FPL's 2030 Master Plan Approved

The FPL 2030 Master Plan was approved by the Board of Trustees in 2013. It established recommendations for the library's physical and service needs through the year 2030 in order to ensure the library continues to meet the needs of the city of Fayetteville and anticipates changes in the community.

The key takeaways from the Master Plan were that the library needs:

  • More space to meet, study, and collaborate
  • A youth services department that is double the current size
  • A stand-alone genealogy and local history area
  • More parking

Check out the master plan here (PDF)


Millage Vote

On August 9, 2016, Fayetteville voters approved two millage increases that will go toward operating expenses and funding the library's expansion proposals:

  • 1.5 mills for operation and maintenance of the current and expanded library
  • 1.2 mills for bonds to pay for the construction of a library expansion

As part of the millage vote, voters approved $26.9 million of the $50 million library expansion budget. This leaves approximately $23 million to privately fundraise to complete the project.

2017 JULY

Purchase of City Hospital Property Finalized

Fayetteville Public Library finalized the $2 million purchase today of the former City Hospital property from Washington Regional Medical Center, officially clearing the way for expansion of the library on the four-acre property. The land had been tied up in litigation since 2012 following Washington Regional's agreement to sell the property to Fayetteville Public Library.

2018 JULY

Expansion Project Officially Begins

Fayetteville Public Library officially began the expansion project with a demolition kickoff event at the former City Hospital property on Tuesday, July 17 at 9 a.m. Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan, along with members of various Fayetteville Public Library boards, participated. Demolition work on the property will take approximately three months followed by grading and site preparation through the end of this year.

2019 MARCH

Construction Set to Begin

Construction of the Fayetteville Public library’s 80,000 expansion is set to begin in March 2019. This phase of the project is set to take between 16-18 months.

2020 FALL

Construction and Renovation Set to Be Complete