Library Bond Referendum FAQ

A bond referendum for forty million dollars for the Forsyth County Public Library system will be on the ballot this fall, allowing voters to decide whether or not to build three new libraries and make improvements to four others.

Frequently Asked Questions

QHow will the $40 million dollars be spent?
AThe money will be used for three new or completely renovated facilities, to replace the Central Library and the Clemmons and Kernersville branches. This will include obtaining and preparing sites for all three facilities, including enough space to provide adequate parking.

All of the locations will include:
  • Space adequate to house the current collection as well as room for expansion
  • Display space for materials
  • Self-check stations
  • Space for additional public computer stations
  • A multi-purpose meeting room, with smaller meeting rooms of various sizes, each including the capacity for state-of-the art technology
  • Spaces for quiet study and tutoring
  • Reading spaces with comfortable seating
  • Expanded spaces for children, including programming space
  • Expanded Teen spaces

In addition, at Central the following will be included:
  • An expanded North Carolina Room, allowing space for digitization units and photograph storage
  • A central gathering space
  • A cafĂ©/coffee shop
  • An expanded and updated computer training center
  • Space for Outreach Services

The bond will also provide the ability to make needed repairs and improvements to other branches, including:
  • Heating system at Carver School Road
  • New elevator, ceiling and windows at Malloy Jordan East Winston Heritage Center
  • New fire alarm systems at Rural Hall and Walkertown
  • Parking lot repaved at Southside

In addition to the repairs at Malloy Jordan, moving Outreach Services to the new Central Library will allow space for the complete conversion to a Heritage and Computer Center. A new Computer Learning Center and additional computers for the public would be provided. Space for display, digitization of important community records, and archival storage would be possible, as well as an expanded collection of historical materials. Top
QWhat is the timeline for construction of the three libraries?
AConstruction TimelineTop