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Newton, Kansas

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HBM worked with the City of Newton to investigate possible locations and conduct test-fit analysis exploring alternate locations. Community engagement sessions were conducted both to select the site and to establish the building program. The selected site is a portion of Military Park adjacent to the existing library building. The existing library remained operational during construction, and then was demolished to accommodate required parking. Placement of the new library preserves green space and the location of existing monuments in Military Park while activating the park for outdoor events with the library’s patio acting as a stage.

The new building is one level for ease of staffing and oversight. Upon entry, patrons find themselves in a 24/7 vestibule with walk-up book drop and pick-up lockers. As patrons move through the lobby, lower shelving is combined with retail merchandising and seating to guide visitors through the main open area of the building. This space includes adult collections and public computer stations. Flexible meeting / study space options can now accommodate a range of activities, teens and children have defined areas, a vending café has views to the covered patio, and drive-up services provide the convenient access to materials that patrons have been asking for.


HBM │ Design Architect, Interior Designer, Architect of Record


25,000 SF

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