Northfield Public Library

historic Carnegie Library updated for the 21st century

Location
Northfield, Minnesota
Year
2013
Program
Library
Size
16,000 sf
Status
Completed

Project to reorganize and remodel an existing library consisting of an original 1910 Carnegie Library and a 1984 addition. We introduced a new Entry/Commons space that provides the spatial relief to be able to reorganize the rest of the library – with an emphasis on expanding the children’s area, providing greater digital access to the community, and creating a more flexible space to accommodate unanticipated change well into the new century.

We see libraries – and this project in particular – as a bit of a “time machine” creating a light. open addition that is of its time and place, to contrast with and re-framing the historical institution that established this library a century ago.