The library is two stories with an arrangement of the active collection areas, primarily the popular materials and children’s collection, on the ground floor. The general adult collection, consisting of the reference, periodical, non-fiction, and fiction collections, was located on the upper floor. The design concentrated the enclosed staff areas, conference space, and mechanical/storage areas on the east side of the facility.
A large expanse of fenestration created transparency and opened the collection spaces to passing motorists to serve as a beacon and highlighted the library and what it offered. The two-story library was constructed of brick with stone accents and a variety of window openings. The size and scale of the window openings responded to the interior layout of the facility. The goal was to create a variety of experiences within the library so that each patron could find their “favorite spot”.
A copper-clad entry form housed a coffee shop and public meeting areas. The facility was designed so that these areas were accessible during non-library hours. The City of Moline now has a library that truly lives up to its vision: Treasured Past, Vibrant Future.
Unique Aspects of the Design Process:
- Extensive community charrettes
- Explored multiple option for renovation vs. new construction including multiple site plans
- Provided furniture and fixture options and managed purchasing/installation
Sustainable Design Features:
- Ambient light sensors control interior light levels and lower energy use
- Interior materials choices favored recycled or low VOC products
- Exterior materials sourced from local suppliers