Like its predecessors in Henrico County, the new Fairfield Library is envisioned as a center of opportunity and hub for learning.
Henrico County continues to invest in its communities and neighborhoods with a robust library program that has created multiple new libraries in just a few short years. The new Fairfield Area library will build on its highly successful predecessors – the Libbie Mill and Varina Libraries, both designed by Quinn Evans Architects.
Responding to Unique needs of the Community
Following course, the Fairfield Library will be founded on a highly regarded County-wide service model that has been informed and tuned to the needs of the local community by insights derived from discussions with County leaders and community stakeholders. These conversations helped create two unique design themes at Fairfield that respond to the needs and aspirations of the community - the teaching of life skills and a focus on family.
The public enters the building at the intersection of two 2-story building volumes. From this locus, patrons can easily locate and access the Adult Area and community meeting spaces on the main floor and the Teen and Children’s Areas on the upper floor.
The suite of public meeting spaces includes a large community meeting room and a conference room, typical of other County libraries. At Fairfield, patrons will be able to use a multi-functional classroom for life skills classes and activities. Programs will be developed by library staff as well local community volunteer groups. The classroom opens to an outdoor instructional space. The one-button recording studio, unique to the Fairfield Library, will allow the public to record personal histories, practice for personal presentations, or participate in online meeting & interviews.