The Bond Option

Activity Room Concept Rendering

provided by Bentonville Library Foundation

Storytime Room Concept Rendering

provided by Bentonville Library Foundation


Space Use

  • Utilize site for outdoor programming with learning gardens, outdoor reading rooms, play areas and walking paths. Landscape design and improvements not included in cost estimate scope.
  • Majority of the current building is well utilized, however the following changes would optimize:
    • More study rooms
    • Children’s area updating/expansion with addition of Craft Room / Storytime room
    • Addition of Activity Room that is centrally located for all ages to access.
    • Relocating Teen Area to give them more square footage for study, collection and collaboration space.


  • Arts / crafts and other lifelong learning skills classes can be held in the Activity Room
  • Children’s area connection to outdoor program space Access + 21st Century Skills
  • Improve bike path and pedestrian access to avoid traffic jams near parking
  • The building itself could be used as a teaching tool in 21st Century Skills programs on Environmental Literacy.


~$4.5 million estimated project cost

Future Investigation

  • Collection growth needs to be re-evaluated at project start
  • Secondary access and entries / security
  • Parking
  • Bicycle path relocation + bicycle parking
  • Improve staff space efficiency
  • Main entry congestion

Site Plan


Renovation Diagram



Bubble Diagram


Fit Plan


Space Attributes

Improvements, furnishings & functions

Highlights & Programs

Spaces, services & square footages

Cost Estimate

Budget considerations

About the Bond Option

The library’s proposed improvements are included with other City projects in the extension of an existing bond.  This plan was developed for public consideration through a special election on April 13, 2021.  

The bond option addresses some of BPL’s highest priority needs; bond amenities are included in the full option in a more developed manner by MSR Design. 

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