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Bull Run Library closing for six months of renovations

After 27 years of service to the public, Bull Run Regional Library in Manassas will close Dec. 13 for about six months of renovations costing nearly $1 million.  First opened in 1994, Bull Run is one of two “regional” Prince William Public Libraries.

The last day the library will be open to the public before closing is Saturday, Dec,11. The renovations are expected to take at least six months. The projected costs for the renovation - covered by proffers - total $965,345, according to Rachel Johnson, director of communications.

Located at 8051 Ashton Avenue, the 25,000 square-foot building will be renovated to include:
• New Makerspace: The state-of-the-art Makerspace will include new technology and craft tools and equipment. The space will be open daily and will have a dedicated Maker Library on-site to help answer questions and provide technical support. There will also be opportunities to learn in both group and individual settings.

• A Digital Media Lab will offer a digital graphic design studio suite, animation studio, green screen, video and audio editing equipment, and more.

• Laptops and iPads will be integrated to provide a holistic maker experience.

• A Cricut, sewing machine, 3D printer, and more for residents to learn and express their creativity.

In addition, there will be
•  A new quiet study room will be added for a total of two reservable meeting rooms available to the public.

• Updated Children and Young Adult Areas; New Dedicated Tween Area: These inviting, versatile spaces will be perfect for homework, homeschooling, tutoring, and book clubs. The designated areas will also be used for STEAM and craft programs.

• An Open Floor plan: The Information Desk now in the middle of the library will be removed, allowing for a more open floorplan and natural flow to allow patrons the opportunity to explore all the library will have to offer. Staff will still be available to assist patrons at a single Service Desk.

• New Furniture: Café seating will be placed in the lobby, giving patrons more options to comfortably enjoy reading, learning, and socializing.

While the library is closed, the book drop will remain open. Any books placed on hold at Bull Run Library will be sent to Central Library to be picked up. Patrons can change their pickup location from Bull Run Library to the library of their choice through their online account. Updates about the renovation will be posted periodically on

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