Making Dreams Come True

2nd Floor


Not only will the new Downtown Library be the city’s 21st century library, it will also be the place where the people of Arlington go to achieve their dreams! Approximately 58,000 square feet of space will become available for public use in the new library building, underscoring the Downtown Library’s efforts to provide space for civic engagement.  With the addition of this new space for public use, expanded programming is being developed to better serve the diverse and growing Arlington community.  These programs will help the Downtown Library continue to provide lifelong learning opportunities for Arlington’s residents.

DREAM: Connecting to the World

Technology is constantly evolving, but one thing remains certain: access to the Internet can connect you to the world, providing unlimited opportunity.  While the second floor of the library will be designated as the public computing area, the entire building will be equipped with the technology infrastructure to connect Arlington residents to new languages, new skills, new jobs and new experiences.  The public computing area in particular will include desktop computers, tablets and seating areas for wireless users, as well as spaces that offer the opportunity to experience, learn about and utilize new technologies, including 3-D printing and digital recording spaces.  A new digital arts lab and technology classroom will provide new opportunities for learning and skill development, inspiring innovation and entrepreneurism.

DREAM: Getting a New Job

Literacy and Workforce Development: Arlington Reads, the Arlington Public Library’s literacy program, includes an Adult Basic Education Program, a Pre-GED and GED study program, computer classes and an English as a Second Language program.  Library staff and volunteers will have dedicated space to engage program participants.  The Arlington Reads area will contain a large classroom area as well as small group tutoring space to support adult programs. A computer lab located on the same floor will be accessible for computer classes.

DREAM: Entrepreneurship

Arlington Funding Information Center: Resources and assistance for small business owners and non-profits, including access to Morningstar, the Foundation Center and Reference USA, will be available at the Arlington Funding Information Center.

DREAM: Exploring Family History

Genealogy and Local History: A special area for local history and genealogy will house the Library’s 40,000-volume genealogy and local history collection.  Expanded space will be provided for materials, displays, computers dedicated to genealogy research as well as lounge and study areas.  An adjacent meeting room will increase capacity to offer new programs for genealogy and local history.


closeup of the first floor furniture plan

DREAM: Civic Participation

Meeting Spaces: Community gathering and public spaces will feature a vending and café area, ten small group study and tutoring rooms, six classrooms, two larger conference rooms, a dividable multi-purpose meeting room and a quiet reading room.  The largest meeting space will accommodate just over 200 people and almost all spaces, large and small, will be equipped with Internet access and multi-media presentation technology.  Additional outdoor gathering spaces will include a plaza and rooftop garden.

DREAM: Community Engagement

Friends of the Library Bookstore: This store for book lovers will be located in the lobby of the new Downtown Library and will be staffed by Friends volunteers.