This library is on it’s way to becoming a more flexible space while also getting a refresh new design

The Puskarich Public Library building was constructed in 1986 and designed as a traditional library serving a rural community while also housing the Harrison County History of Coal Museum and auditorium space. The Library has not been renovated since opening. Updating the layout for better flow, refresh interior spaces, improve ADA accessibly, and provide inherent flexibility to better support the changing needs of this community for the next 30 years.

This budget conscious main level renovation focuses on a new layout to maximize the multiple services the Library provides along with additional services the current layout cannot support, all within the existing footprint. One way to achieve this is to create multi-purpose spaces that are nimble enough to easily transform in minutes for different programs. A new collaborative technology rich Maker Space is located adjacent to the Teen space and outfitted with durable cleanable finishes and moveable furniture so the two areas can be used together for Teen programs or separately for adult programming. The Local History / Maker Room provides more than just history information. Scanners, microfiche, magnifiers, VHS conversion equipment, and supporting software provide patrons with the tools they need to create their own historical documentation and projects. An acoustically treated study room in the Teen space can also double as a recording or content creation studio.

The Children’s space design is located adjacent to the Teen and Maker spaces to create an active zone to the Library while the Adult area is located opposite these spaces for a quieter focused zone. This active zone encompasses the larger wing of this two-wing building allowing the Children’s department more space to Play, Learn, and Grow. Designing this area with inherent flexibility for multi-purpose use allows the Library to conduct programs right in the Children’s space! Interactive manipulative elements, reading nooks, and window seats are added elements to provide a variety of activity and spaces for early literacy and imaginative play.

The idea to flip the Adult and Children’s areas from their original locations derived from Community and Staff Engagement Sessions. Through these sessions many important facets to library patrons and staff needs were brought to light and considered for this renovation.


The building exterior will be enhanced with a new storefront glass entry to give a better street presence to the main road. Supplementing this with a new Library sign will reinvigorate the Library within this close-knit community.


HBM │ Design Architect, Architect of Record, Interior Designer