With modern day technology at everyone’s fingertips, libraries have had to rethink their original use as a community beacon for reading, learning and research. Instead, libraries are transitioning into a central hub for connection within a community. Newburgh Chandler Public Library, originally designed by Hafer in the early 1980s, knew it was time to update their library for today’s users.
With the exterior in good condition, the design focused on renovating the interior. The interior design imparts new life and excitement through fresh paint, new flooring, new lighting and furniture. The childrens library has always been one of the most popular spots at the library and so the design really revamps this space. There will be a bright, bold color palette with fun bookshelves that include seating for children. There will also be room for all of the planned programming indoors and outdoors.
Located within a large neighborhood, it was also important to create a safer connection to the library and surrounding homes. Woods were cleared and walking paths with lighting were created making the space more open as well as provide an area for outdoor activities and events. In addition, the renovation includes improvements to the HVAC systems, insulation upgrades, and needed site repair work.
The Chandler Library is expected to start construction in January of 2021. The community of Chandler is looking forward to the exciting improvements to their neighborhood library.