TUSCARAWAS COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
HBM Architects has a long history of collaboration with the Tuscarawas County Public Library beginning with an expansion project circa 1989. In 2018 we continued our relationship with TCPL to develop a design that would renovate the entire main level, restrooms, create a small addition, and allow the library to transition to a more progressive service model on a limited budget.
The library’s changing service model involves the replacement of all the service desks. Relocating the circulation desk to the new entry and utilizing mobile service desks for the adult and children’s areas. These service points can be supplemented by a small auxiliary mobile service desk (that fits in the elevator) for support during peak usage times.
A new garage and workroom for the mobile services department is to be constructed on an adjacent site to be able to re-purpose the former garage into a new main entry and expand the building for adjacent library staff work and cargo areas on grade level. The addition allows a reorganization of all staff areas for flexibility, improved work flow, and efficiency thereby returning the historic spaces to public use.
The library’s downtown location has become a hot spot for hosting a variety of events both inside the building, and outside on the site. Creating flexible space is paramount to accommodating large events without devoting limited resources and space to a defined meeting room. Therefore, a portion of the main library area will be outfitted with mobile shelving and furniture that can easily be reconfigured and removed to accommodate large group presentations.
For the first time, the library will be able to provide drive-up services. Part of the addition will accommodate a drive-up window, materials return and after-hours lockers for 24/7 material pick-up. Both features are greatly in demand by this community.
This project will use a phased construction approach allowing the library to remain safely operational for the duration of construction.
HBM ￨ Design Architect, Architect of Record, Interior Designer