Too many books, not enough shelves – the new Midlothian Library will almost double in size

Midlothian, Virginia (WRIC) – The Chesterfield County Public Library has announced plans to replace the Midlothian branch with a new, larger edition in 2023.

The current library has an area of ​​15,000 square feet and the new building, to be built on the same site, will be nearly double its size on 25,000 square feet, the Chesterfield Library said.

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Chesterfield Library said in a press release that the old library will close on December 30, 2021, and demolition/rebuilding will begin in early 2022. They estimate that it will take a year to build the new library, and that it should open in the summer of 2023.

The release states that the new facility will include upgraded resources and features and that the new design, “is a direct result of community input sessions” and that the new building will include sustainable elements such as solar panels, natural daylight, and indigenous farming.

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Some of the new features include:

  • Large community meeting room
  • By dropping the book
  • Indoor interactive learning features for kids
  • digital meeting center
  • outdoor reading garden
  • An outdoor educational classroom with musical sculptures
  • Enhanced seating with comfortable chairs for relaxing, reading and working
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Chesterfield Library said Other sites It will remain open to guests during the construction of the new Midlothian Library. The North Courthouse Road Library, Clover Hill Library and Bon Air Library are within 10 miles of the site. Free e-books, e-audio books, e-magazines and free e-databases will continue to be available on Library website.

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