The renovated Woodrow Wilson Library reopened March 21. Opening day festivities for the library, on 6101 Knollwood Drive in the Culmore area, included a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Mason Supervisor Penny Gross, Rep. Gerry Connolly, and other county officials and children’s entertainment.
The new14,420-square foot building has eight more computer stations than the old one, for a total of 24, and new seating areas, says Chris Finger, the manager of the Wilson Library, whose first day on the job was March 21. The $4.1 million renovation and expansion project was funded with a county bond approved by voters in 2004.
There is a large community room and three new small meeting rooms, including open after hours. People who want to use it after the library is closed will need to reserve it in advance and will be given an access code.
Unlike the old days, when librarians went around hushing people, libraries today allow people to talk and read aloud to children, Finger notes. For people who need silence, there’s a quiet study area with soundproof walls.
There is a lot of empty space on the library shelves, but that is because not all the books have been returned and unpacked, Finger says. The library will have 50,000 books and DVDs, the same amount as before the renovation, he says. However, library advocates maintain there had been a lot more, about 74,000, a few years ago, before Fairfax County Public Libraries began culling the collection.