The renovation of The Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library included interior improvements to the 13,500 square foot library in historic Bristol. Improvements to this 1964 building, fronting on the Delaware River, transformed this highly-utilized library into a state-of-the-art information center supporting life-long learning for the entire Bristol community. The improved interior space includes a 27,000-volume childrens library, homework center, teen center, a 47,000-volume adult library, an historic collection display, sculptural circulation and reference desks, administrative offices, and new-release browsing, casual seating, meeting rooms, and computer stations.
Renovations transformed an inward-looking, darkened building to a light-filled, inviting space. Visitors browse for books in the splendor of the adjacent Delaware River. The renovations transform the existing concrete and glass shell into an integrated series of spaces defined by fixed and movable furnishings and complemented by dropped ceiling clouds above that reflect indirect lighting. The library provides quiet plush seating for contemplative reading, community meeting space, and well organized shelves and display furniture for the library’s collections and materials.
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