Fairfield Area Library moved to its new location, a 10-acre site at the southeast corner of Laburnum Avenue and Watts Lane, in October 2019. The library replaces an aging facility originally opened in 1976. The new Fairfield Area Library is a two-story, 44,803 sq. foot facility with parking for 220 vehicles. Fairfield Area Library has been awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council for its sustainable design and construction and reduced impact on the environment. In 2021, Fairfield received the AIA Richmond Merit Award for Outstanding Design.
Designed by Quinn Evans Architects of Richmond and Tappé Associates of Boston, construction on the new building began in June 2018 and was managed by Gulf Seaboard Construction. The project cost of $29 million was approved by a majority of voters in the 2016 Bond Referendum. In 2021 it received the prestigious AIA Library Building Merit Award from the American Institute of Architects, the only award that recognizes whole library buildings for their design.