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A number of changes in how the Wellesley Library serves its community have evolved since the building was built with a grant from the MBLC less than 20 years ago. New café, reading spaces, service points, browsing areas, and a re-planned Children’s Department were developed and implemented in the renovation of this busy, occupied building.
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The new Hadley Public Library consists of an energy-efficient one-story, slab-on-grade, steel framed building, with steel framed sloping roofs, concrete frost walls and footings, connections to and extensions of utilities in the both the street and on-site, new paved parking lot and drives, lawns, landscaping, and associated sitework. The site is shared with the Hadley...
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The original Abbot Public Library building was built in 1953, with additions in 1990. No significant renovations have happened in the past 30 years. The Trustees realized that it was time to update building systems and reorganize the 26,400 SF library to provide 21st century services. Johnson Roberts prepared a Master Plan for reorganizing and modernizing...
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The new Reuben Hoar Library (Littleton, MA) was built on the same site as the old library — into an existing hillside, with the entrance on the upper level and the lower level opening onto a terrace and the adjacent woodland. Adult services on the upper level overlooks the terrace and provides a view of...
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NECC Library Classroom Johnson Roberts Associates has been providing Northern Essex Community College with House Doctor services since 2013. Over that time, we have successfully collaborated on many projects including: NECC Building B & E Swing Space ClassroomsRenovation of underutilized space on the lower level of the interconnected Buildings B&E to create four new classrooms,...
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Renovations to the Lower Level of the McKim Building (Boston Public Library).
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Johnson Roberts Associates has created a beautiful new library in Springfield, MA. The East Forest Park Library is an energy-efficient, green building with spaces that combine modern functionality, plenty of natural light and eye-catching design. The children’s room uses fanciful shapes and bright colors to make reading fun. There is even a media creation suite...
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The new Greenfield Public Library responds to the community’s desire for an improved and expanded library in a downtown location by constructing the new library adjacent to the existing library. The two-story plan will create a new children’s library with a dedicated story room, community meeting spaces, informal reading areas, a dedicated teen room and...
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Erving Public Library, Rendering
The new Erving Public Library (in Erving, MA) replaces the current one-room library with a state-of-the-art new building, featuring a dedicated Teen Room, Children’s Room (with an Activity Room), meeting rooms and adult study areas. The new building has been design to respect the architectural heritage of the community. This is a green, sustainable design...
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The Concord Free Public Library Expansion is Johnson Roberts Associates’ third project for the Concord Public Libraries. In 2005 and 2011, we renovated and expanded the Concord Free Public Library (c. 1873) and the Fowler Branch Library (c. 1930), respectively. Johnson Roberts Associates designed an expansion of the main library that utilizes an adjacent historic...
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Townsend Public Library and Senior Center
The Townsend Public Library and Senior Center creates a “town village,” comprised of a library, a meeting facility, and a senior center. A portico-like corridor links the library and senior center to a shared meeting facility. A large Gothic arch presages the central barrel-vaulted reading room within the library. A row of clerestory windows light...
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South Hadley Public Library
The South Hadley Public Library sits on a bluff above the dam on the Connecticut River on a former abandoned industrial site. The first floor of the two-story library provides children’s services, new book browsing and meeting rooms. The second floor houses adult collections. Reading rooms on both floors follow the curve of the river,...
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Sixteen Acres Library, Entrance
The Sixteen Acres Library is the busiest branch library in Springfield, Massachusetts. An addition in front of the original 1960’s building creates a more accessible entrance, a new children’s department, and expanded meeting rooms. The children’s room features a tree motif with an interior structural column decorated like a tree, providing a focal point. The...
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Pearle L. Crawford Memorial Library
The Pearle L. Crawford Memorial Library replaces the original library on a new site in downtown Dudley, MA. Our design greatly expanded the collections and seating capacity. Additionally, the larger interior provided new storytime and craft spaces in a new children’s department. An after-hours meeting space for the community was also added. This project achieved...
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The historic Northborough Free Public Library is an early 1900s granite Richardsonian building. Johnson Roberts Associates renovated and restored the original building and added a new section within a challengingly tight linear site. The addition, which more than triples the size of the library, is clad with a pre-cast granite blend and copper bays to...
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Mashpee Library, Front Entrance, Exterior view
The Mashpee Public Library replaced the existing library on a site in Mashpee Commons. This project received LEED Silver certification for its superior energy-efficiency. The building’s green features include a chilled-beam mechanical system, an extensive rooftop 20 KWH Photovoltaic system, low water consumption plantings, and an on-site stormwater management system. This stormwater management system includes...
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Lunenburg Public Library
A central reading hall for adults anchors the design of the Lunenburg Public Library. Areas around the central hall include browsing, reference, and periodicals area. The children’s department features a sun, moon, and stars motif—inspired by the book Kingdom of the Sun by Jacqueline Mitton—designed to spark a child’s imagination. The Town of Lunenburg, MA,...
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Lithgow Public Library
Additions and renovations to the Lithgow Public Library (in Augusta, Maine) modernized services and more than tripled the size of the old library. The expansion respected the original building — which is on the National Register of Historic Places — while establishing a modern library with expanded technology access. With 31,755 SF of space, the...
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Hopkinton Public Library, Entrance
The Hopkinton Public Library resides in two previously linked, well-loved historic structures—the original historic library and an adjacent church. Our renovations and additions reorganized the library and expanded the existing historic structures from 7,000 SF to 22,500 SF. The renovation design is sympathetic to the architecture of the original historic structures, and a new handicap...
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Our addition and renovations to the historic 1890 Haston Free Public Library (in North Brookfield, Massachusetts) restored the original library’s historic beauty, and provided much-needed extra space for expanded library services. Located on a tight site with limited room for expansion, the Haston Free Public Library project was a challenge. Careful planning allowed for an...
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Our addition and renovation to the Laconia Public Library (also known by its original name “Gale Memorial Library) in Laconia, New Hampshire, restored the original 1888 granite building to its past glory, and created a new addition providing handicapped access, meeting rooms, and expanded book capacity. The addition, which doubled the size of the library,...
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Concord Fowler Library, Exterior view
The Concord Fowler Branch Library addition and renovation created a new children’s department and meeting room and restored the original historic library, including the cupola and skylight. Archival storage was created and designed to accommodate the Library’s historic collections. The renovation also expanded adult services into a lower level.
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The Effingham Public Library (in Effingham, IL), replaced the Helen Matthes Library, and was relocated to a former bank building. Johnson Roberts Associates converted 27,000-square-feet of interior office space into a modern library facility — complete with circulation, reading, book stacks, work, study and meeting areas. The improved design allowed for efficient use of the...
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Concord Free Public Library, Artrium
Renovations and additions to the Concord Free Public Library feature a new entrance for patrons and expanded collections and services for children, young adults, and adults. New conference and special collections spaces are provided for patrons. The historical portions of the building were restored. Renovations to the entire facility improve comfort and ease of use...
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Boston Public Library, Brighton Branch, Green Wall
Originally opened in 1969, the Brighton Branch of the Boston Public Library is an active and integral part of the surrounding neighborhood. Renovations to this 22,400-square-foot library provided increased accessibility and enhanced technological capabilities. A new teen space was also added. The project achieved LEED Silver certification for excellent energy efficiency. Window updates improve view...
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