On May 23, 2023, the Richmond City Council approved an additional $15 million for the Main Library renovation.
With this additional funding the project budget is now $29.5 million.
This additional funding helps ensure that all work outlined under the Building Forward grant agreement is completed while also allowing for additional renovations to the space. Renovations beyond the scope of the Building Forward project will be driven by community needs and desires, to be gathered during an outreach and engagement process that this funding makes possible.
The City has contracted with Noll & Tam Architects for the design of the renovations to the Library. Noll & Tam is consulting with Library staff, other City staff, and elected officials about the design of the Library and, in conjunction with Contigo Communications, has conducted outreach and focus groups with the Richmond community.