Preliminary designs offer framework for reimagining 48-year-old library
[Davenport, IA] – The Davenport Public Library’s downtown branch, built in 1968, needs an update to meet the research and media needs of today’s patrons.
Library representatives and Legat Architects have developed strategies to breathe new life into the two-story facility. Based on meetings with stakeholders, a feasibility study offers ideas to transform the library into an inviting community destination with all the amenities of a modern media center.
“The discovery process with the Legat team was well-received by staff, trustees, and FRIENDS (a nonprofit volunteer organization),” said Amy Groskopf, director of the Davenport Public Library. “It helped us put our vague thoughts about updating the building into a plan that we can use to set priorities and work to implement.”
Many of the potential changes focus on the first floor. Library team members expressed interest in reducing the number of bookshelves to create a more open gathering space with plenty of comfortable seating. Among the possibilities for specific areas are the following:
- A welcoming and secure children’s area to host a variety of educational activities
- A teen space with multimedia tools and opportunities to socialize
- An expansive community area with a large computer lab and additional seating for those seeking a more private environment
- Meeting rooms with media capabilities that can be reserved for many uses
Despite the changes over the Davenport Library’s near 50-year lifespan, many people still see the library as a place for quiet reading and study. The study envisions the second floor as fulfilling the role of the traditional library. Potential changes for that area include moving bookshelves to the center and placing new furnishings near the wall to bring patrons more natural light and views.
The feasibility study also proposes a few exterior changes, such as light upgrades.
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