|Architect:||Newport Collaborative Architects|
|Building Consultant:||Marjorie L. Judd|
|General Contractor:||E. W. Burman Construction Company|
|Location:||Stillwater Redevelopment Zone
Harrisville, RI 02830
|Project Phase:||Completed; opened April 2008|
|Chair, Board of
|G. Wayne Miller|
|Library Director:||Sandra P. Mundy|
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View the architect's rendering of the completed library.
The driveway has been paved and streetlights installed as the exterior work nears completion. See earlier photos of the main entrance area. The site has come a long way since April 2006.
Upon entering the building, visitors are beckoned into the main concourse, which will include a local history display. A small cafe area and large community meeting room are on the right, while the library is on the left. The far doors open onto the Riverwalk.
A spacious circulation area is on the left as visitors enter the library. Technical services areas, a staff lounge and administrative offices fill the area behind the circ desk. (View from inside the library, looking towards exit.)
From the circ desk readers have several options: they can go right to select audio and video materials or pick up a magazine and head into the reading area, go straight down to the reference area, or head into the main adult stacks on the left.
The adult stack area includes a large picture window overlooking East Avenue and high ceilings. Stacks have been installed and await books. Other furniture will arrive soon. View earlier pictures of the main stacks.
|Local history room
At the far end of the adult stack area is the local history room, near the reference desk. Material cases are open while they are aired out to get rid of that "new library" smell.
The children's library is on the second floor. After taking the elevators or the stairs, visitors will find the children's librarian ready to greet them at this spacious desk.
The activity area for early readers is located beyond the librarian's desk. It includes a reading space for parents and children in a window area that projects out over the river walk.
|Square Footage||6,200 square feet||24,900 square feet|
|Quiet Study Rooms||0||3|
|Total Project Cost||$8,111,387|
|Cost per Square Foot||$228.49|
|Furniture & Equipment||$499,545|
(architect & consultants' fees, site development, landscaping, etc.)
|Grants & Gift Funds||$599,000|