Margaret R. Grundy Library
Bristol, PA

Renovation of this library completely transformed an inward-looking, darkened building to a light-filled, information center supporting and encouraging life-long learning, celebrating the site’s spectacular riverfront setting. The library now provides quiet plush seating for contemplative reading while facing the riverbank, designated community areas, and better organized spaces for its various collections and materials.

Today, as a visitor enters the renovated space, she is first greeted by a centralized lobby with custom millwork that curves toward the reference desks and the heart of the library.

A central circulation spine organizes low and high stacks. Alternating between stacks are study areas to create individual private study spaces. The low stacks are located toward the glazed areas while high stacks are located purposefully in the rear of the space to preserve openness and maximize both natural light and views of the adjacent river. Homework centers, staff areas and historic exhibition space are located at the rear of the building which is built into the hillside. The acoustics were significantly improved with the application of carpeting and acoustical tiles placed in the voids of the waffle slab above. New tables, updated signage, HVAC and custom lighting add to the total transformation of the library.

Since reopening in June of 2005, library business, circulation, information searches, program attendance, and database use has increased an average of 25%.

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