Lorton Library expected to reopen in late summer


Renovations underway at Lorton Library (Credit: Fairfax County)

Saturday, April 9 is the last day of National Library Week, and it's also nearly two years to the day when the Lorton Library closed for renovation (April 11, 2020). 

A spokesperson for Fairfax County Public Library (FCPL) said they expect a late summer opening of the updated and expanded Lorton Library, which will be co-located with the brand-new Lorton Community Center at 9518 Richmond Highway. 

Credit: Fairfax County

The former 10,000 square-foot library will gain an additional 6,000 square feet of space, providing patrons with a designated Teen Room  with gaming station, group study rooms, two conference rooms, a Wi-Fi bar and an expanded children's space with kid- and parent-friendly seating, according to FCPL.

Design rendering of interior of Lorton Library (Credit: Fairfax County)

On the other side of the shared lobby, the community center will include a gymnasium, fitness room, game room, kitchen, art room, sensory room and multipurpose rooms for various activities and events, like after-school programs, senior activities, computer and technology programs, therapeutic recreation and various classes. Outside, there will be a playground, trails, open field, fitness stations and a picnic area, including picnic tables. The facility will include space for the Lorton Community Action Center and serve as the new home for the Lorton Senior Center.

Last month, Northern Virginia magazine identified the Lorton Community Center and Library as one of the top 10 development projects that will reshape NoVA this year.

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