The Library’s challenge was unifying their two current library buildings that were constructed at different floor elevations and connected by a 20’ covered walkway. The new design seamlessly ties the two buildings and expands the library’s overall size from 35,000 to 71,000 square feet.
By creating an open, two-story circulation space with a large staircase to replace the existing 20’ walkway, a connection was made between the original Carnegie building and the 1976 building. The upper floor is dedicated to public spaces, main stacks, audio visual, reference, teen spaces, computer labs, and the Indiana room while the lower floor features public spaces such as the children’s area, the 400 person auditorium, and two large meeting rooms.
Cues from the original Carnegie building guided the design of the overall project. Custom light fixtures, masonry fireplaces, re-used original stained glass, exterior columns, limestone bands, and interior display cases all respond to the Carnegie building’s original architecture. The result is unity of design and purpose.