Architectural Design for Libraries

As sacred as books are to bibliophiles, books make up only a part of what’s offered in today’s libraries. That’s evident to anyone with a well-used library card. But it’s just as evident to us in our capacity as architects. We’re Fort Wayne architects who’ve designed quite a few libraries over the years for clients across the country. And, whether those clients are schools or municipalities, the libraries we’ve designed for them reflect ongoing changes in how people prefer to get their information, instruction, and entertainment.

Library spaces once were designed primarily to house traditional printed materials, encourage study, and provide each patron with a suitable environment for quiet contemplation. Those kinds of spaces still abound. But they coexist alongside those that accommodate multimedia experiences. The modern library is no longer just a book depository. It’s going digital. Printed books and periodicals now vie for popularity with ebooks, ezines, audiobooks, DVD and blu-ray discs, online streaming videos, and other such media.

We have the know-how to bring libraries into the 21st century with designs that incorporate the necessary technological infrastructure. At the same time, our frequent application of traditional library design principles enables us to continue satisfying the needs of “old-fashioned” readers.

We work with our library clients as partners to create designs that capture their singular visions and best serve their constituents. That said, there are certain kinds of spaces common to every library, and we have long experience delivering sound architectural solutions for all of them. Among those typical spaces are ...

  • a central information and circulation area,
  • public spaces and community meeting rooms,
  • fiction and non-fiction areas, further divided in public libraries into adult, young adult, and children’s sections,
  • library catalog reference and audio/visual areas,
  • multimedia and Internet technology accommodations,
  • shipping/receiving areas,
  • offices, staff conference rooms, an employee lounge, and storage spaces,
  • outdoor gathering and walking areas, and, in some cases,
  • a library café.

Rest assured, we design not only for new library construction but also for older library renovation and upgrading. Contact Elevatus Architecture for more information on how our experience can benefit your library project ... and your community.