The Columbia Pike Branch Library, currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is beginning a long-planned renovation project this summer.
Access to Columbia Pike's book drop and parking lot Wi-Fi will be unavailable during construction.
The first floor will undergo a full renovation to include more efficient use of floor space and shelving, more small public meeting room spaces, improved lighting, and new furniture, carpet and paint.
The current second floor will be converted to a classroom and multi-use space for the adjoining Arlington Career Center. The renovated second floor space will be available to the community as a public meeting and gathering space on the evenings and weekends, in cooperation with Arlington Public Schools (APS).
Construction Timeline and Library Services
• Construction is scheduled to begin in early August and will go through late Fall 2020. Following completion of construction, the County will evaluate when to reopen the Columbia Pike Branch based on COVID-19 conditions and health and safety guidelines in place at that time.
• Book Drop - Columbia Pike's book drop will close as of Friday, July 17. Book drops at other Library locations remain open.
• Wi-Fi - Public Wi-Fi in the parking lot at Columbia Pike will no longer be available after Wednesday, July 22. Wi-Fi will remain available in the parking lots at Central and Aurora Hills.
More about Library services during construction: https://library.arlingtonva.us/2020/07/13/columbia-pike-renovation-starts-early-august/
The School Board and County Board members first met with the community about this project on November 18, 2019. For more information on the Arlington Career Center Expansion project and Arlington Public Schools use permit for this construction project, please see Item 34 from the June 13, 2020, County Board agenda and continue to follow the APS design and construction page for the Arlington Career Center Expansion updates.
About the Career Center Expansion In the approved FY 2021 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) the School Board provides specific direction for the Career Center site that includes: Capital project for an additional 250 Arlington Tech seats for a total of 600 Arlington Tech seats by Sept. 2021, an extensi...