LEESBURG – The Sterling Library celebrated its grand opening Saturday, April 15, 2017, at its new location: 22330 S. Sterling Boulevard, Suite A117 in the Sterling Plaza Shopping Center.
“We’re thrilled this beautiful and well-designed library will offer so many opportunities for all ages,” said Library Director Chang Liu. The new branch, located in the heart of Sterling, includes expanded space for library programs and community meetings, study rooms, reading and learning spaces for adults, teens and children, and increased access to computers.
It will also include a “maker space” where children, teens and adults can develop 21st century skills, including a recording studio and 3D printers. An enhanced library collection will feature books and other materials for ESOL and Spanish speakers.
The library offers extended opening hours. It's the first Loudoun County library branch to be open both Friday and Saturday evenings until 9 p.m., it's also open Sundays from 1-5 p.m. The new library is nearly three times the size of the former facility, which was in operation since 1977.
In 2014, Loudoun County voters approved a referendum to relocate, renovate, expand and equip the Sterling Library. This project is part of the Sterling Public Facilities Master Plan, which also calls for the expansion of the Sterling Volunteer Fire and Rescue Station and the renovation and expansion of the Sterling Community Center into the former library space.
Highlights of the new Sterling Library
Expanded collections of books and materials for all ages, including enhanced ESOL and Spanish-language materials
Larger, dedicated Children’s, Teen and Adult areas
Group Study Rooms
Meeting space for community groups
Power outlets and WiFi throughout
Programs, classes and events for all ages
The new MILL Studio features
Sewing and embroidery machines and a serger
Sewing dress forms
Silhouette Cameo and Curio electronic cutting machines for fabric, vinyl and paper
Roland Cutter for larger vinyl projects
Ellison Die Cutter
Coding for all ages with Ozobots, Spheros and Bloxels
Little Bits and Makey Makey
3D Tabletop Carving machine
Sound studio with electronic instruments