Library Building Program

This page describes the key components of a new 21st-century neighborhood library. The program is preliminary and will be modified by information from and about the community that will be served.


  • A destination, an anchor, a place for learning and meeting that is welcoming and comfortable for the whole community
  • 20,000 – 22,000 gross square feet
  • Flexible space to accommodate future change
  • Sustainable building with LEED Certification
  • ADA accessible – exterior and interior
  • Ramps and elevators
    • Public entrance
    • Single, highly visible at street level
    • Accessible for everyone – including wheelchairs and strollers
  • Exterior
    • Architecturally pleasing, modern and iconic or an historical renovation
    • Bicycle racks
    • Parking
    • Signage for easy recognition and good visibility
    • Lighting for security and visibility
    • Landscape to enhance the appearance of the building; easy to maintain

Public Service Areas

  • Browsing, new books, sight and sound collections
  • Adult
  • Magazines
  • Teens
  • Children
    • With three separate reading areas:  Age 0 to 2, Age 2 to 5, elementary age
    • Children’s program room for story time and other activities
  • Check out/book returns inside and outside.
    • Express check-out, express pick-up of holds
    • Information points for children and adults
  • Vending
    • Potential to purchase drinks and snacks
    • Space may be used for a café cart or other food service
  • Community and library bulletin boards and giveaway area
  • Space to display art

80,000 books and other library materials on opening day for adults, teens and children:

  • Books (fiction, nonfiction, biography, large-type and reference), magazines, CDs (books&music), DVDs (informational and feature films)
  • Early literacy workstation for young children

200+ reader seats, plus the conference and meeting rooms


  • Public access computers: 24 for adults (minimum); 8 for children (minimum)
  • Laptop computers for training and individual use
  • Electronic resources and databases
  • Wi-Fi access

Community Meeting Spaces

  • Meeting room (minimum of 100 people) with Wi-Fi, audio-visual equipment, assisted listening system; to the public after hours, with adjacent Pre-Function space
  • Conference/quiet study rooms (2, each for 12 to 16) with Wi-Fi
  • Study rooms (6, each for 1 or 2 people) with Wi-Fi