Grand Opening of Long-Awaited Riverview Library is April 5
Hillsborough County, Fla. (April 2, 2021) - Six years ago, Riverview residents packed the tiny community room of their outdated library building for the first of many conversations about what they'd like in a new facility. On Monday, April 5, they'll get a chance to see the results when the new Riverview Public Library, located at 9951 Balm Riverview Road, makes its debut.
COVID-19 coronavirus protocols limit capacity to 25 percent occupancy and sideline some amenities for now. But that won't dampen the reaction that visitors will have to this spectacular and long-awaited facility.
Situated in a new location about two miles from the old facility, the Riverview Public Library measures 35,000 square feet. That's more than four times the size of its predecessor. The building's "Old Florida grandeur" style exterior and interior colors, inspired by vintage Florida postcards, are only the first of many visual design treats. Vaulted beamed ceilings, stained glass windows depicting native flora and fauna, an outdoor garden with benches fashioned of oversized granite "books," and a colorful terrazzo lobby floor mural created in tribute to the nearby Alafia River are just a few of the elements that draw the eye.
Taking center stage in the light-filled main room is an extensive collection of books, magazines, DVDs, a laptop checkout kiosk, and other offerings for users of all ages. There's free Internet and Wi-Fi access. A Children's Room features read-along books, educational tablets, and movable shelving for flexible use of the space.
Sustainable elements are incorporated throughout, including rooftop solar panels, Florida-friendly landscaping, and patio furniture made from recycled plastic bottles.
Other amenities - a vending café area, Friends of the Library bookstore, meeting/study rooms, recording studio, makerspace, a large community room, and even a screened-in reading porch - will become available for use as the building is able to fully open in alignment with the County's overall efforts to gradually restore pandemic-impacted services.
The $12.7 million project was funded by revenues from the Special Library District ad valorem tax.
The Riverview Public Library will be open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit HCPLC.org.