The original 5,000 sq. ft. library building constructed in 1984 had become too small to meet the growing needs of the patrons of Cleburne County. With the inclusion of computers, additional media beyond books and the growing children’s programming, space was at a premium.
Various concepts were explored, they varied from a new two story building constructed on the same site, renovating an existing hardware building to renovating the existing library and constructing a new 6,000 sq. ft. addition. Based upon, location, budget and the community’s affection for the existing library, the direction would be to renovate the existing building and construct the new addition north of the existing library.
The existing one story building was utilized for small scale spaces such as the Children’s Library, Director’s Office, an art gallery, History Room, Art Gallery and restrooms. The Circulation desk located between the new and existing building acts as the connection link between the existing building and the addition, giving the staff easy access to either area while maintaining visual control along a center spline connecting the north and south entrances. The new addition houses public computers, stack space, seating and two study rooms. This configuration allowed for an outdoor program space as a bonus space off the Children’s Library indoor program area.
The addition faces north to Main Street allowing for a large expanse of glass thus allowing natural daylight during the day while creating an inviting façade at night. Exterior features of the existing building were integrated into the addition so both the addition and renovation would complement each other.
Since modern libraries are in a constant state of change the new addition has a raised floor system to allow for future adaption for additional computers or other type of electronic data acquisition.