Designed as a hub for learning, the library features several unique learning spaces for individual and group study.

Patrons can choose to learn or work from a variety of learning spaces equipped with movable and adaptable furniture that suits the needs of a patron to promote learning or working in private or collaborative styles.  
 

Details

  • 43,000 SF Community Library
  • LEED Certified
  • Designed in partnership with Tappé Architects
  • Distinctive rural/agrarian architectural style
  • Numerous unique learning spaces

Awards

  • 2017 AIA / ALA Library Building Award

HUB FOR LEARNING

Designed as a hub for learning, the library is a place where productive people can engage with collections, librarians, other patrons, and their own ambitions. The design is responsive to a variety of library-planned and user-defined activities. It supports group collaboration projects, supports individuals needing focused concentration, and provides spaces to be creative – both digitally and tangibly. In addition to having a great community meeting room, with a teaching kitchen, various spaces around the collections are configured for people to productively use information themselves, share information with others, complete projects (alone or in groups), garner new perspectives and create new information.

WELCOMING DESIGN

The Library configuration recognizes that active lives sometimes require “grab and go” transactions. Therefore, the library’s design incorporates wide aisles and shelves at convenient heights which tilt the books’ titles up for easier viewing and selecting. Also, many will appreciate the full service drive-up window. Additionally, the library entrance is purposefully “de-formalized” to establish a “side-door” welcoming approach, coming in between two pavilions. This character is reinforced by setting up each pavilion with a “back porch” overlook to the woods. 
 

The forms of the pavilions reflect the community’s vernacular architectural heritage, being vaguely reminiscent of a collection of tobacco barns.