The new Williamsburg Public Library is sited on the northwest corner of the town’s main square. It engages the square with an entry plaza on the southeast corner of the site and utilizes a clock tower to signal both the entry as well as give the library it’s civic presence. The exterior material palette is composed mainly of brick with stone accents which relates to the traditional character of the buildings on the square but has a metal standing seam roof and metal skinned window bays to hint at the contemporary nature of the functions within.
The upper level contains 12,400 sf and features the reading areas, book collections, children, young adults and computer area as well as three different sized study and meeting rooms. The main entry, public bathrooms, staff offices and workspace encompass the remainder of this level. The lower level contains the multi-purpose room(s), a meeting room and staff lounge. It also includes public bathrooms for this level, mechanical spaces and has an ADA entrance serviced by an elevator.
The interior has an articulated vaulted ceiling over the stacks and reading areas along the North and South bays. It has a high ceiling with a slot for the skylights over the central bay. It has an undulating curved ceiling plane over the Youth Area. The casework at the main and children circulation desk has a slated wood motif to recall the areas agrarian history. The cherry wood interior woodwork and gas fired fireplace gives a warm comfortable feel to a contemporary library space.
The library targeted LEED Silver certification and was awarded LEED Gold.