Beyond the books

Fayetteville library dedicated to sustainability

Posted: August 31, 2017 at 1 a.m.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/DAVID GOTTSCHALK Automation in the sorting room handles the 1 million-plus items checked out of the library each year. A 300-foot conveyor belt carries items from the book drops to the sorting room. A radio-frequency identification chip card in each book is read, and the conveyor drops the book into the appropriate bin - fiction, nonfiction, juvenile, movies, audio and more. An employee puts the returned books on carts for each department, which are then pushed to the section and the books reshelved.

The sun shone bright and hot last week, so the 20 or so students in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute took shelter in the shadow of a giant solar panel on the roof of the Fayetteville Public Library.


The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Arkansas offers courses, lectures, workshops and special events for “seasoned” adults. Offerings often are driven by member interest and might be led by UA faculty, community members or other experts.

Membership is $50 or $40 for active members of the Arkansas Alumni Association.

Information: 575-4545,

By the Numbers

Items in collection


(includes physical and digital collections)

Items checked out each year


Number of visitors per day

1,706 average

Number of visitors per year


Size of old library on Dickson Street

24,000 square feet

Size of current library building

88,000 square feet

Size of coming addition

80,000 square feet

Number of employees

50 full-time equivalents

Number of (active) volunteers


SOURCE: Fayetteville Public Library

Fayetteville Public Library

Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday to Saturday; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday

Address: 401 W. Mountain St.

Information: 856-7000,

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