Library Dream Board

As we consider and ponder a library renovation, we’ve visited libraries near and far for ideas and inspiration. Here are a few favorites.

First: Pottstown – they have a great maker space and I really like the mounted tablet catalog stations.

Second: New Monticello branch of the Johnson County Library (KS). Like the signage, meeting room, green roof, and small-footprint service desks.

Third: This is the Basehor Community Library (KS) and I LOVE the natural finishes, outdoor space (they have a butterfly garden), fireplace, and entry into the children’s department.

Fourth: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (PA) – Their main floor is very thoughtfully laid out, with the most popular materials near the front door and by the teen department. Very friendly vibe – very customer-focused.

Fifth: Free Library of Philadelphia branch remodels. Everything is mobile, they don’t put spine labels on fiction books, and the service desks are small.  I like the visual signage, as well, that hides acoustic tiles.

6th: Best in Library Design 2018 and 2017 – a hodge-podge of new construction and renovations.

I like the wooden floors and this is a LEED-level new build.

Eastham Public Library – Gold certified LEED building with classic/traditional aesthetic and plenty of amazing views to the outdoors.
Simple, classic furniture in traditional colors and easy-to-care-for leather.
Boston Public – like the bar for reading and computer use.
Natural light, stone, wood, and windows with bench seating. From a great article: Top 5 Library Design Trends from Demco.
Study spaces – control noise, allow for group study, and can be easily monitored.

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