George W. Hawkes Downtown Library

The George W. Hawkes Downtown Library, a state-of-the-art 80,000 square foot building, will open to the public on June 9, 2018. The Downtown Library will feature:

First Floor Grand Lobby:

  • Vending/Café and casual seating areas
  • Access to one large meeting room that is accompanied by a catering area. ( Note: The large meeting room can be partitioned into two separate meeting rooms.)

First Floor Living Room Area:

  • Collections: Large print books, DVD/CD, newspapers/magazines, and new materials
  • Technology: Automated book return, OPAC, Wi-Fi bar, self-service checkout, print center, and new technologies that will support service needs.
  • Spaces: Casual seating areas and a conference room
  • Access to elevators, grand staircase, and restrooms

First Floor Children’s Area:

  • Audience: Families with children ages birth to 7-years-old
  • Collections: Age appropriate books, DVDs and music CDs
  • Technology: Computers, preloaded video players, tablets, and other new technologies that support young children
  • Spaces: Large children’s program room, casual seating areas, family restrooms, and safe space for young children to explore

First Floor Tween Area:

  • Audience: Families with children ages 8-12 years old
  • Collections: Age appropriate books, DVDs and music CDs
  • Technology: Computers, tablets, gaming, self-service checkout, and other new technologies that support tweens
  • Spaces: Group study room, casual seating areas, and safe space for tweens to explore

Second Floor Arlington Reads (Adult Literacy):

  • Collections: Materials used for ESL, Adult Basic Literacy, Pre-GED, GED, and computer classes
  • Technology: Projector/screen, a flat screen unit, and new technologies that meet the future instructional needs of adult learners
  • Spaces: Reception area, open space for small group instruction, a classroom for large group instruction, and an area for volunteer tutors

Second Floor Teen Area:

  • Collections: Age-appropriate materials for checkout
  • Technology: Computers, OPAC, gaming, tablets, and new technologies that support the future needs of teen audiences
  • Spaces: Casual seating, work spaces, 2 group student rooms, and 2 teen lab spaces.
  • Lab spaces may be utilized for teen STEM programming and/or programs that support the arts – creative writing, photography, video, music, etc.

Second Floor Main Area:

  • Collections: Foreign language, Arlington Funding Information Center, careers, and technology
  • Technology: Main public computing space for adults – computers, OPAC, print center, Wifi bar, a genius bar, and new technologies that meet the future needs of the library patrons
  • Spaces: 4 group study rooms, a meeting room, a lounge area, and access to elevators, grand staircase, and restrooms

    • Lab 1: Computer lab that may be utilized for public computing and as a technology classroom for computer classes
    • Lab 2: Open space that may be utilized for digital arts, a makerspace or other programs that need a room with ample open space

Third Floor Genealogy and Local History Area:

  • Collections: Materials that support inquiries/research related to genealogy and local history
  • Technology: Printer, public computers, scanner, microfiche film reader, computers, and new technologies that meet the future needs of patrons
  • Spaces: Genealogy workroom, work space, and casual seating

Third Floor Main Area:

  • Collections: Fiction and non-fiction adult books
  • Technology: Print center, public computers, self-service checkout, and new technologies that meet the future needs of library patrons
  • Spaces:

    • 4 group study rooms, a meeting room, and a boardroom
    • Quiet reading room with a view of the green roof (not accessible to the public) and casual seating
    • Roof garden
    • Access to elevator, grand staircase, and restrooms
Address
100 Center St.
Arlington, TX 76010
Phone
817-459-6900
Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
9:00am - 9:00pm
Friday, Saturday
9:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday
2:00pm - 6:00pm
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