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Bay Village, Ohio

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A contextual and dynamic building that reflects the spirit of the community

Located in Cahoon Park, the new Bay Village Branch Library is a two-story, 17,000 SF building featuring browsable collections, spaces for quiet contemplation as well as collaboration and innovation areas. Dedicated young adult and children’s spaces are glass enclosed with a shared program room. A large dividable meeting room and four smaller study rooms offer many options for tutoring, collaboration, meetings and programs.

As visitors enter the building, the space unfolds to a vaulted, double-height area featuring a grand fireplace. Located here are the adult collection, a vended café, various types of seating, public computers and access to a covered outdoor seating area overlooking a pocket park and a future Village Green. The west side of the building features large windows in the children’s area, young adult spaces, and the meeting rooms providing beautiful views to the wooded area along Cahoon Creek.

An ornamental stair and elevator provide access to a second floor reading loft with a fireplace that overlooks the adult collection on the ground floor. The second floor provides a variety of spaces for quiet study and contemplation with a circular quiet reading room, balcony side study tables and lounge seating near the double-sided fireplace. Adjacent to the reading loft is access to the rooftop patio highlighting a living roof and elevated views of the surrounding park. This space is optimal for outdoor programs and events.
In keeping with Cuyahoga County Public Library’s dedication to reducing impact on the environment, this project is seeking LEED Certification.


HBM │ Design Architect, Interior Designer, Architect of Record


17,000 SF

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