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Renovations to the historic Shute Memorial Library in Everett, Massachusetts include significant improvements to the existing interior, and the addition of a new wing. The renovated structure includes a new accessible entrance on street level, an elevator and new central stairwell, new reading areas and a children’s craft room. This project is LEED-Certified.  
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The Granby Public Library is an efficient small town library that recalls the architecture of the current historic library structure. The library design features a central reading hall that contains adult services, with meeting room and the children’s department located in side wings. This project is LEED-Certified.  
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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 cafe, 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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Renovations to the Lower Level of the McKim Building (Boston Public Library).
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We 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, abundant natural light and eye-catching design. A large meeting room can host a variety of events, and the teen room features square lighting and a variety of seating options. The...
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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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The new Erving Public Library (in Erving, MA) replaced the old one-room library with a state-of-the-art new building, featuring a dedicated Teen Room, Children’s Room (with a Makerspace), meeting rooms and adult study areas. The new building has been designed to respect the architectural heritage of the community. This efficient, sustainable building reduced energy usage...
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For this important expansion project, we involved the community and library staff during planning and design, and we gave numerous presentations to provide progress updates during the design and fund-raising phases. Our team also worked closely with the Concord Historic Commission to make sure that the addition would be appropriate in the context of the...
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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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