William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library Construction Update
The new William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Neighborhood Library is now open. The new building opened on June 13, 2012. Here are frequently asked questions about the library.
The 22,000 square foot library features:
- Welcoming spaces with comfortable seating
- More than 40,000 books, DVDs and other library materials with a capacity to hold up to 80,000
- Children’s Story Room for storytelling and other children’s activities
- Dedicated areas for adults, children and teens
- 40 computers with free Wi-Fi Internet access
- Laptops for personal use or computer training classes
- 100-person community room adjacent to a new outdoor patio
- Two 12-person conference rooms
- Four quiet study rooms
- Environmentally-friendly design
As part of the construction project, the Library partnered with the Department of Local Small Business Development to launch a new Mentor-Protege program. The program identifies small certified local businesses to be mentored by larger businesses with the goal of creating more opportunities for small firms to work on government contracts. Coakley Williams, Inc. served as the mentor to Blue Skye Development Company, LLC to build the new library.
View the Bellevue Library design progression.
Hear architect David Adjaye discuss the design for the new library.
View photos and site designs for the new Bellevue Library.
As part of the design process, the library hosted focus groups and conducted surveys with residents to learn what programs and services are most important to them. Participants also were asked about what design features they would like to see in their new library.
The library hosted community meetings for residents to hear from the architect as the design developed. Participants provided feedback to the architect and the library.
The architect presented preliminary designs for the new library at a community meeting on March 31. The architects took feedback from that meeting and refined the designs, which were again shared with the community at a meeting on June 30.
The library hosted a series of focus groups with residents to gain input on what programs and services they want to see in the new Bellevue Library. We held two focus group with teens. Feedback was great. The teens articulated ways the library can help them reach their goals. Suggestions included help with career goals, homework help, more computers, job search assistance and more current books.
Teens also want a comfortable, welcoming space designed for them. They made great suggestions for programs for young people, such as programs on saving and investing, more activities for younger children, career days, debate team and even community service opportunities such as reading stories to young kids.
The library held three focus groups with adults. Adults told us they want a warm, inviting library with plenty of natural light. They want more computers, comfortable seating, and space for groups to hold meetings. Adults want the library to have separate spaces for adults, teens and young children.
The library created questionnaires as an additional means of gathering input, including one for parents with young children. More than 90 people returned the surveys.
All of this feedback has been shared with the architects and with library staff.
The library completed an independent Facility Condition Assessment of the building’s condition before determining it was best to rebuild this building rather than renovate.