Posted By bsapp – Oct 9 | 2010
SDA and the administration of the Baxter County Library worked collaboratively through the planning process for a new library facility from 2001 thru 2007. These efforts were rewarded in January, 2008, when the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation (DWRF) awarded a $9.8 million grant to build and furnish a new 35,500 square foot, two-story library located in Mountain Home Arkansas.
On October 9, 2010 the Donald W. Reynolds Library was dedicated to the residents of Baxter County and the surrounding area. The new state-of-the-art facility includes expanded areas for children and teens, study rooms, comfortable reading areas, several public access computers, a coffee shop, gift shop, a local history and genealogy room, and well equipped community meeting rooms.
While LEED Certification was not pursued, the facility incorporates many sustainable features such as a geothermal heating and cooling system, a high performance building envelope, and a rain water collection system for landscaping irrigation.
Congratulations to the Baxter County Library for all of their persistence and hard work in making their vision become a reality. If you’re ever in the Mountain Home area you definitely need to stop by and see this incredible state-of-the-art facility.