Acorn in Action: Varina Library


The Varina Library is located in Varina, Virginia, a quiet community located in the easternmost area of Henrico County. The Varina Library was designed to replace their smaller branch and be a designated center for learning for the surrounding areas. It features over 43,000 square feet of innovative learning spaces for both individuals and groups. This innovative and unique library was the recipient of the 2017 National AIA/ALA Library Building Award.

Designed to reflect the local culture of the Varina area, this library takes the form of a tobacco barn with three pavilions that are soaked in natural light due to expansive glass walls throughout the building. It also features the materials commonly found in tobacco barns to showcase the history of the region. Through the glass walls of the library, visitors can take in the beautiful surroundings of a protected wetland that connects them to the natural landscape of the area.

Our team at Acorn partnered with the Varina Library to produce a wide range of signage, including wayfinding signage, ADA-compliant room signs, digital monumentation, architectural signage, vinyl graphics and more. This project required us to fabricate signage using multiple media and innovate alongside the team of architects designing the building. We are passionate about environmental consciousness in our work, and we are proud that the Varina Library received LEED Certification to designate that it is a green building.

To see more photos of our work with the Varina Library and a list of the sign types we produced, check out our profile at

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