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Expansion and Beyond Words Capital Campaign

In the years since its opening in 2004, Blair Library has been a leader in facilitating the new ways people use their public library. Thanks to the generous support from our community, Fayetteville and Northwest Arkansas families have enjoyed a facility that goes well beyond a repository for books.

Opened to the public in January of 2021, the expanded FPL redefines the traditional public library model, providing education, services, and out-of-the-box programs for all ages. The 100,000 square-foot expansion began in 2018 with a total project budget of $49.9 million. A temporary millage increase in 2016 generated $26.9 million towards the project, leaving us $23 million left to privately raise through the Beyond Words Capital Campaign. Though the building is now open to the public, capital fundraising for the project continues.

The expanded FPL has introduced a whole new world of possibilities through public spaces like the Center for Innovation, Art & Movement Room, Event Center, and Teaching Kitchen. Now, more than ever, you can do so much more than borrow from your public library--you can create, experience, and develop skills that will help you achieve your goals. Spaces and programs to support entrepreneurship and workforce development in STEAM fields, culinary arts, trucking, construction, aviation, and more are all available at zero cost. The 700-seat Event Center provides a community hub for medium to large-scale events and provides consistent entertainment and cultural experiences for all ages, including author talks, theatrical performances, dance, concerts, movies, expos, and more.

Here is what you can expect to find on your next visit to your FPL:

  • Increased collections
  • 32,000 square feet of Children’s Library
  • Standalone Teen Library with a private teens-only lounge and gaming center
  • 16-station Teaching Kitchen
  • Center for Innovation complete with audio and video recording studios, virtual reality studio, photography studio, a simulation lab, and a fabrication and robotics lab
  • 700-seat Event Center
  • Outdoor courtyard and green spaces, including a green roof
  • More meeting, study, and collaboration spaces
  • South parking lot

 

    Check out the FPL map

  • Art & Movement Room
  • Center for Innovation
  • Starr Foundation Children
  • First Security Board Room
  • Event Center Green Room
  • Walmart Story Time Room
  • Grade School Library
  • Preschool Library
  • Lucky Day Collection
  • Preschool Library
  • Teaching Kitchen
  • Teen Library
  • Teen Game Room
  • Grade School Library
  • Audio Visual Suite
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This expansion would not be possible without our incredibly supportive community.

Thank you for all that you've done.  

We can't say it enough while encouraging everyone in the community to come and enjoy our new space!