WASHINGTON, DC—Arlington Public Library and the Woodlands Public Library are among a handful of places in the United States that are taking steps to modernize their services, following decades of cuts to libraries.
“The goal of this project is to create an integrated, open, accessible library that can meet the needs of all,” said Arlington Public Libor, a nonprofit that is funding the project.
“We’ve found that libraries across the country have made some of the biggest changes in how they do business in decades.
We’re really excited to see what new technology can bring.”
Arlington Library Services, which serves Arlington, Virginia, was founded in 1916 by William W. Arlen.
In 2015, it became a public library and serves approximately 6,000 patrons a day.
The organization was renamed in 2020 to become the Woodland Public Library, which has branches in Woodland Hills and Woodlands.
The library, which opened in 2016, is housed in the newly renovated Eisenhower Executive Office Building, which is part of the Arlington, VA, city, according to a press release.
The building was originally built in 1884.
Arlington was ranked the No. 3 largest city in the nation in 2015 by The Economist and the No 2 largest city for 2017 by U.S. News & World Report.