The busiest library in Minnesota, the Roseville Library was suffering the down side of its success—long lines, cramped seating areas, and crowded corridors. In 2010, a second-floor expansion and complete environment- and customer-focused transformation has created an inviting, open library that has earned LEED® Gold certification as well as the appreciation of its patrons.
Today, patrons enter a colorful, bright space designed to support Roseville’s dual missions as a smoothly functioning library and a community gathering place. Many local organizations utilize the library to give back to members of the community. Roseville’s Marketplace and Cafe are areas that mom-groups as well as retirees often gather. Distinct color schemes for children, teens, and adults draw visitors to their specialized areas within the library. The design team drew on the bright, saturated colors of Minnesota spring—welcome in an area known for long winters and short days.
The new second floor added 26,000 sq. ft. to the existing 45,000 sq. ft. building, without significantly increasing the footprint. What’s more, through the use of more efficient systems, the new building has reduced energy use by 15 percent and water use by 30 percent. These innovations, combined with an emphasis on recycled materials, low VOC-emitting finishes, and user-centered furnishings contributed to LEED Gold certification.
Since reopening in July, 2010, library circulation is up more than 40 percent and library card registration has increased 80 percent. In every way, the public’s reaction to the building has been overwhelmingly positive.
photo credit: Megan Dobratz : studioTart
photo credit: Lara Swimmer Photography
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