FAIRFAX LIBRARY GARDEN
The Fairfax Library Garden Project has more than doubled the library’s usable service area and enabled the Fairfax Library to expand its services beyond the library's walls into an outdoor community garden space.
The Fairfax Library sits on almost an acre, its scenic rise including meadow and massive heritage oaks. The Library has regularly hosted story and music programs for children, health and wellness programs for seniors, crafting programs for teens, as well as book clubs and gallery shows. For years, library staff and patrons have envisioned ways of expanding services beyond the library’s walls to create welcoming, accessible and sustainable areas for reading, working and programs outdoors. In partnership with the Fairfax community and contributors, the Library now has the outdoor community garden space that we have all desired.
Completed in October 2022, the Fairfax Library Garden Project more than doubled the library’s usable service area and has enabled the Library to expand its services beyond the library's walls. It has increased the seating capacity for all visitors and provides spaces for programming, gathering, reading and appreciating the natural environment. WiFi extends into the garden area, allowing patrons to use their laptops, borrowed Chromebooks or other devices at the picnic tables near the building or at the tables and benches on the patio.
The garden renovation includes:
Additional trees providing shade
A new patio of stone pavers, with benches, tables and chairs providing expanded seating for reading and visiting
A stone story circle creating an outdoor programming area
An ADA accessible path highlighting a native plant garden
An arbor providing seating and shade as well as an entrance to the garden from our new ADA parking space.
The project was completed with a huge show of community support, including funding from the Marin County Library Foundation.