Lincoln City Libraries – Eiseley and Walt Branches

Lincoln City Libraries – Eiseley and Walt Branches

We completed two new branch libraries, the Loren Corey Eiseley Library and Bess Dodson Walt Library, for the city of Lincoln, Nebraska. They are mirror images of each other and are both 32,000 square feet.

The design concept was based on creating information shopping centers, with a distinctly modern 200- foot-long “main street” serving as the circulation spine. This main street is outfitted with bright graphics and signage to direct patrons to their destination points. Windows above the circulation spine provide natural light in the heart of the library. Indirect lighting systems create optimal reading and computer viewing environments. Data, telecommunication, and audio-visual systems were designed with flexibility to accommodate current and future technology.

The Lincoln City Libraries wanted to raise awareness of sustainable building practices. Signs throughout the library call attention to systems and materials that generate less waste, contribute to better air quality, and utilize recycled and easily renewable resources.