Designed for a growing and progressive community, this 16,000 square feet contemporary library provides a functional layout, dynamic geometry, and great visual control from the custom designed, centrally located circulation desk. The natural light filled central atrium space with reading areas and a young adult mezzanine is covered by a 90 feet long by 20 feet wide barrel skylight providing filtered light into more than 70% of the library. The children’s area is capped by a semi-circular skylight that partially wraps a central lighted glass block column. Cozy window seats and a custom designed table booth are only a few surprises for young readers.
Built in 1910, this vintage library underwent an extensive renovation and expansion project following a comprehensive feasibility study. The main level of the existing 2,776 square feet 2-story library was fully renovated to include the main library stacks, periodicals, and reading area. The 2,500 square feet addition includes a new children’s library, reference area, control desk, offices, public restrooms, public computers, elevator and a 450 square feet young adult mezzanine. The addition successfully blends and incorporates the rich architectural detail of the original design.
The Dunlap Branch of the Elkhart Public Library system is a third generation prototype. The Dunlap Branch offers a larger more efficient and functional layout than its predecessors. The 6,000 square feet single story library incorporates a 1,500 square feet mechanical/storage basement. High perimeter and corner windows infuse natural light deep into the stack areas and large central windows provide exterior views for reading areas. Exterior redwood siding is sealed in its natural beauty with subtle hints of color wrapping the building and highlighting the entrance. Careful selection of rich interior colors creates a comfortable library experience.