It took more than 10 years to become reality, but the North Courthouse Road Library finally opened this week in Chesterfield.
The new building was named in honor of Arthur S. Warren, who recently retired from the Board of Supervisors and is a longtime supporter of the county’s libraries.
"Art Warren richly deserves to be recognized and remembered for this library," said Clover Hill Supervisor Christopher Winslow. "Since it was approved during the 2004 bond referendum, he has championed it from beginning to end, looking at not only the site and plans, but also at ways to make it environmentally safe."
The new library at 325 Courthouse Road includes meeting and study rooms, nearly 50 computers and designated areas for children and teens. There is also an outdoor reading area.
The building has energy-efficient heating and cooling equipment as well as a system to recycle rainwater.
"I am so proud to be part of this project," Warren said. "It was important to pay attention to the details of the building and the site, but also very important to me that it fit into the community."
The $12.3 million, 20,000-square-foot library was approved in 2004, but has had funding and construction delays in the past decade, including a fire last fall near the building.
The bond referendum included funding for schools, parks, public safety and roads. From that approval, the Meadowdale Library opened in 2008.
The North Courthouse Road Library, which is the county’s 10th, is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
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