Greening Richmond Public Libraries

Plans for Broad Rock Branch, North Avenue Branch and West End Branch Approved, JRA is Soliciting Proposals from Contractors

After receiving input on stormwater management and green infrastructure practices that could be applicable at Broad Rock Branch, North Avenue Branch and West End Branch libraries from library users and other stakeholders last July, James River Association staff members worked alongside staff members of Richmond Public Libraries, the Department of Public Utilities/RVAH2O, and Four Winds Design to finalize plans for the libraries. Drew Harrigan of Four Winds Design submitted the plans to Richmond’s Urban Design Committee for review in November and presented them to the committee in December. The Urban Design Committee recommended approval of the plans and Richmond’s Planning Commission approved them on January 4, 2021. The James River Association is soliciting bids for projects at Broad Rock Branch Library, North Avenue Branch Library, and West End Branch Library (see below). If you have questions about the Greening Richmond Public Libraries project or bid process, please email Justin Doyle at

Request For Proposal Greening Richmond Public Libraries
Broad Rock Branch Library Bid Set
North Avenue Branch Library Bid Set
West End Branch Library Bid Set

Community Conservation

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  Richmond Public Libraries Plans

Get Involved!

Every time it rains, fertilizers, herbicides, bacteria from pet waste, and chemicals flow from our properties into local waterways. Join other residents of the James River watershed in becoming a River Hero Home to protect the health and beauty of our local streams and rivers. Take the pledge and become a River Hero Home today!

Rain barrels will be available for purchase by City of Richmond residents this spring. Rain barrel distribution and workshops are scheduled for Broad Rock Branch in April, North Avenue Branch in May, and West End Branch in June. Interested in purchasing a rain barrel? Sign up to be notified when they go on sale.

    Westover Hills Branch Library Goes Green!

The Westover Hills Library Advisory Group began the Rain Garden project in 2015 and has completed three phases to date. This effort included the installation of rain gardens, conservation landscaping, and storm drain art. An educational sign about the project will be installed at the library in the summer of 2020.

    Many Thanks to our Partners

This initiative is supported by Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Altria, James River Association, RVAH2O, Richmond Public Libraries, United States Environmental Protection Agency, and Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.