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Our Space

The original Blair building opened in 2004.  It now houses the reference collection, adult fiction and nonfiction, genealogy, DVDs and CDs, and meeting and study spaces.  

Due to the incredible growth of the Fayetteville and Northwest Arkansas region, FPL underwent a large expansion project that was completed in January 2021 that doubled its size to 190,000 square feet The expansion includes the addition of an expanded youth department, the Teaching Kitchen, Center for Innovation, Event Center, Art & Movement Room, and much more.

Event Center

The FPL Event Center is over 8,700 square feet, allowing the library to host community events on a larger scale than was previously possible.   

Whether a concert, gala, conference, or author talk, the Event Center is a constant hub of community activity. We have both nonprofit and corporate rental rates. 

Key Features 

  • Accommodates parties of 400 for a banquet, 700 in stadium-style seating or 1,000 standing
  • Theatrical lighting system and two catwalks  
  • 470 retractable theatre-style seats  
  • Concert-quality sound system 
  • Professional video production capabilities  
  • Events can be live-streamed online and throughout the building 

It can be reserved here, by calling 479.856.7129 or by emailing fplevents@faylib.org.

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Center for Innovation

The J.B and Johnelle Hunt Family Center for Innovation is a state-of-the-art space dedicated to learning and creating with the latest technology.   

This space takes the library’s mission to the next level by connecting the community to technology and educational resources that might otherwise be out of reach.  At over 5,000 square feet, the CFI includes eight specialty areas each with a different set of tools and hardware to support workforce development, creativity and so much more.  

Key Features 

  • 5 simulators including the Redbird SD flight simulator
  • Audio & Video Production Studios 
  • State-of-the-art Fabrication and Robotics Lab 
  • Podcasting Booth  
  • Photography Studio

Center For Innovation


CFI

Teaching Kitchen

The 16-station Teaching Kitchen offers public access to nutrition, culinary arts, and workforce development programming.   

Opportunities to introduce the public to nutrition and cooking classes are a large part of the kitchen’s mission. Courses are set up to teach healthy nutrition habits, cooking methods, and sustainable produce growth and use.  

The Teaching Kitchen is available to the public to rent for private events. 

Key Features 

  • Over 1,500 square feet  
  • Equipment and dry storage 
  • Connected to both the 641.DELI and Event Center 
  • Walk-in cooler  
  • Kitchen equipment modeled after commercial teaching kitchens

Preschool Library

An area for our smallest patrons up to 5 years old. Children’s early learning computers offer kid-sized equipment preloaded with educational games and programs. Families can gather in the Read Aloud Nook with the best read-aloud books on display. Our youth librarians understand the importance of early childhood education and have that at the forefront when replenishing the collection of materials and planning programming and activities.  

How to get there

Located on the first floor and is most easily found by using the south parking lot, entering through the School Street entrance, passing the deli, and turning left at the windowed hallway. Or by using the east parking vestibule entrances, going to level 100 and walking past the Center for Innovation.

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Key features  

  • Toddler-sized book bins  
  • Story Time room with a puppet theatre  
  • Craft room  
  • Parenting kits  
  • World language materials  
  • Four study rooms, numbered 144, 145, 146 & 147
  • Private comfort room

Reserve a Room

preschool library

Grade School Library

Located on the second floor, the grade school area offers a colorful atmosphere for kids 5-11. Computers line the windows and can be used for everything from writing a book report to playing Minecraft. The collection includes beginning chapter books, award winners, and fiction and nonfiction. This library is most easily found by using the east parking vestibule, going to level 200 and walking past the Art & Movement Room, across the skywalk and turning left. 

How to get there

Located on the second floor and is most easily found by using the east parking vestibule entrances, going to level 200, walking past the Art & Movement Room, across the skyway and turning left. Or by using the south parking lot, entering through the School Street entrance, passing the deli, turning left at the windowed hallway, walking through the Preschool Library and up the blue stairs.

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Key features  

  • Copy center 
  • Self-checkout
  • Laptop checkout kiosk
  • Computers 
  • Three study rooms numbered 259, 260 & 261
  • Moveable furniture 
  • Comfort room 

Reserve a Room

grade school library

Teen Library

FPL created a dedicated teens-only space that offers freedom, safety, and a place to study and be with friends exclusively for our patrons aged 11–18. This library is located on the second floor and can be most easily found by using the east parking vestibule, going to level 200 and walking past the Art & Movement Room, across the skywalk and turning right. 

How to get there

Located on the second floor and is most easily found by using the east parking vestibule entrances, going to level 200, walking past the Art & Movement Room, across the skyway and turning right. Or by using the south parking lot, entering through the School Street entrance, passing the deli, turning left at the windowed hallway, walking through the Preschool Library and up the blue stairs.

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Key Features

  • Manga and graphic novels section 
  • Gaming room 
  • Teens-only lounge  
  • Study booths  
  • Two study rooms numbered 270 & 271 
  • Reading nooks 

Reserve a Room

teen library

Adult Libraries

Adult Fiction  

It is on the third floor of the library and is most easily found by using the Mountain Street entrance or the east parking vestibule entrances.  Book club selections, CDs and DVDs are also held here. 

Adult Nonfiction  

It is on the library's fourth floor and is most easily found by using the Mountain Street entrance or the east parking vestibule entrances. Magazines and journal publications, the Nonprofit and Small Business Resource Center, and genealogy are also on the fourth floor.   

Genealogy  

Whether you are an expert genealogist or new to family research, our collection offers you access to one of the most comprehensive collections in Arkansas. It consists of over 14,000 print resources, as well as microfilm, microfiche, maps, and a digital image archive. 

While the collection represents all the states and focuses on Arkansas, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and Maryland are well represented due to being the principal states from which early settlers migrated to Arkansas. 

FPL plans to expand the genealogy library as we get closer to the completion of the capital campaign.  The dedicated area will include a computer lab, climate-controlled room and quiet space. 

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How to get there

Located on the fourth floor and is most easily found by using the east parking vestibule entrances and going to level 400.

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Lucky Day Collection

The Lucky Day collection is in the administrative lobby on the second floor of the library at the bottom of the grand staircase. This collection contains new releases and high-demand books.  What makes this collection special is that these copies are not listed on the website, and therefore can’t be put on hold. So, when you walk in and find the book that’s been on your must-read list, go ahead and check it out – it’s your lucky day!  

The walls of the space are often lined with art by local artists and is often referred to as the administrative gallery. The area includes several sitting areas.   

How to get there

Located on the second floor and is most easily found by using the east parking vestibule entrances and going to level 200.

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lucky day collection