Seward Memorial Library

Seward Memorial Library

We designed the 26,000-square-foot Seward Memorial Library as well as a recent completion of its lower level to celebrate its 10th anniversary. The aesthetic of the building serves as a transition building between the historic courthouse square to the north and the residential neighborhoods to the south.

The project aimed to create a library that was functional to meet current needs, that could be expanded for future growth, and that would provide patrons with a welcoming and warm atmosphere. The earlier design had provided a knock-out panel on the main level which could easily be removed. This gave us the opportunity to create a monumental glass and cherrywood staircase at the heart of the library and finish the library's lower level.

The 11,000-square-foot lower level houses Adult Fiction, new adult reading areas, a genealogy room, a new service point, restrooms, a staff work room, four new study rooms (including one to accommodate 25 people), a dedicated crafts room, and an 1,800-square-foot community room with a large conference space and a warming kitchen. Space made available on the main floor was transformed into activity zones for youth, a children’s activity room, and a new young adults reading area.