The Morgan County Public Library renovation project is a testament to careful planning, respecting the history of the original Carnegie building and an addition that brings a new experience for all patrons. The expansion features a new accessible entrance, circulation desk, Children and Teen departments with programming areas. These areas are filled with natural daylight, the warmth of wood accented with hues of blues and greens, and custom seating areas for individual and group study.
Design is a response to challenges. The site constraints created a challenge with the new addition. While performing the site investigation for expansion, our team found the city’s main data lines ran through the site, creating unique opportunities for how the addition could be oriented. The solution was to create an open courtyard area to avoid disturbance of the data lines and to provide an outdoor programming space and reading area between the adult collection and new teen space.
With new finishes, technology and a reconfiguration of the Adult shelving, the design respects the original Carnegie Library with a modern transition of the new addition.