KING ROAD BRANCH
TOLEDO LUCAS COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
This unique 21,500 SF branch library and outreach facility project for the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library system was an opportunity to investigate a new service model within this community. The primary objective was to create a Pavilion with a focus on user space. The Pavilion collection is comprised of display for popular / new / highlighted materials in a variety of engaging configurations. Different types of seating and study areas equipped with access to technology also populate this space. A designated children’s area is enclosed with mobile display shelving and furniture items to maintain an open plan for easy adjustments. The library is staffed with one small fixed service point near the entry to assist with circulation, and two mobile kiosks that can be located according to need serving the children’s area, technology spaces, etc.
Between the Pavilion and Outreach Services is a shared collection area that allows the library to house more items than it could in a more traditional configuration without sacrificing user space. The bar dividing this area from the Pavilion is comprised of: a small staff work area, a content creation area, collaborative study rooms, a gaming area, and technology for public use. A raised access floor system allows for total flexibility in the configuration of the Pavilion and contributes to the sustainability and efficiency of heating and cooling systems. A large garage for housing the outreach service vehicles has also been incorporated into the site adjacent to the outreach services department.
HBM ￨ Design Architect, Interior Designer