The Fayetteville Public Library has received the largest donation in its history.
The Hunt family will be donating $5 million to the library’s ongoing expansion project. Jane Hunt Meade and Bryan Hunt, the children of J.B. and Johnelle Hunt, announced the donation.
The $50 million expansion will expand the library by more than 82,500-square-feet. As part of the donation, the courtyard will be called the Hunt Family Gathering Glade and the innovation center will be the Hunt Family Center for Innovation.
This innovation center will contain stimulation labs that offer training for truck driving, as well as backhoe and forklift operation.
“We are grateful to the Hunt Family for their generosity, and we are excited to show the community what was made possible with their gift,” David Johnson, the library’s executive director, said in a statement. “With the kindness of residents like the Hunt family, we know that our expanded library building will become a touchstone of the Northwest Arkansas region.”
Currently, the Fayetteville Public Library measures 88,000-square-feet. The expansion will allow the library to add a genealogy research section, more parking, a teaching kitchen and more. There will also be an audio and video recording studio, a virtual reality room and a 700-seat multipurpose center.
Library officials expect the expansion to open in December 2020.