Monday, September 21, 2020 Estefany Mendoza Salazar

We are moving! Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 30 the East Arlington Branch located at 1624 New York Avenue will close to the public in preparation for our move into the new facility. This new dual-facility is a collaborative project between the Library and Parks and Recreation departments. This 47,249 square-foot facility is set to open in early Nov. 2020.  

During this time, all other library locations will remain open to the public. The closest library location to the East Arlington Branch is the George W. Hawkes Downtown Library located at 100 S. Center St.

Computers, faxing, and printing will be available at the Downtown Library. Other services will be relocated or temporarily unavailable during the moving process. 

  • East will no longer be a hold option after Sept. 30. Unless specified by the patron, holds will be available for pick up at the Downtown Library.  
  • Curbside will no longer be available at East after Wednesday, Sept. 30. Curbside services will remain available at all our other locations.  
  • The book drop at East will be closed after Wednesday, Sept.  30. The book drops at our other library locations will remain open 24/7. 

The East Arlington Branch has been a staple in our community since its construction in 1969. Originally named the Southeast Branch this building was constructed under Mayor Tom J. Vandergriff’s leadership. This location was renovated in 2000 through bond funding.  

In the 2014 Bond Election, $26 million in funding was approved by Arlington voters for the new East Library and Recreation Center. Architects were inspired by the architecture and automotive designs from the 1950s and today, to create a single building with two distinct functions.  

The open concept library is expected to be a community hub for shared resources such as books, children’s toys, and public computers for residents of Arlington. The library will provide literacy resources to support students, families, and lifelong learners. Free programs include bilingual early literacy storytimes; GED, ESL, and other adult education classes; and events for seniors. The recreation elements of the center include a gymnasium, indoor pool with party room, fitness center, locker rooms, group exercise room, community meeting rooms, and outdoor amenities.  

For more information, please contact us at 817-459-6900 or online.