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Massillon, Ohio

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Weaving together library and township services

The new Jackson Township Branch is at an intersection in a prominent location adjacent to Township services, a community park, and across the street from Jackson High School. Design for this new library takes cues from both surrounding buildings and the planned activity complex so that the library can work holistically with these other components. The back of the new library features a large expanse of glass and an outdoor patio maximizing views to a new amphitheater planned for North Park. This connection helps to solidify this site as a true community destination for services, recreation, and entertainment.

Upon entering the library, a service desk is located to maximize staff sightlines through the building. New / popular materials are sprinkled throughout with the adult collection located in the main public area supported by comfortable seating, public computers, and study tables. This space is intentionally open to remain flexible for future adaptability as community needs and library trends change with increased frequency.

Various sizes of meeting spaces are available with a large meeting room that is dividable to create smaller gathering areas, each with integrated technology. A multi-purpose room with durable finishes is located adjacent to the children’s and teen areas. Smaller group study rooms are located between the teen and adult areas to encourage collaboration, tutoring, and provide a transparent sound barrier between these spaces without sacrificing oversight. Both the children and teen areas blend collection, technology, and interactive elements to inspire learning, play, and creativity.

Additional site amenities include a patron drop-off zone with a flush curb, located directly adjacent to the entry. A drive-up service window and book drop are located along the east side of the building. The outdoor space along the North side of the building, facing the amphitheater, will also include an enclosed children’s play space.


HBM │ Design Architect, Interior Designer, Architect of Record


10,550 SF

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