Newton Children’s Library

Constructed in 1991, the Newton Free Library is one of the largest libraries in Massachusetts and has the distinction of loaning the most items in the Commonwealth. Yet, even this modern library required upgrades to meet rapidly evolving technology and service demands. LLB Architects began its relationship with the City of Newton when it conducted a master plan for the Library in 2016 to develop a comprehensive plan for future space allocation and library programming for the next 20 years.

As part of a series of phased renovations, LLB transformed part of the library’s ground floor into a Teen Zone in 2018. The new Teen Center has a mix of study seating, a program/activity space, computer lab, and a brand new maker’s space.

In 2022, the reimagined Children’s Room opened to great reviews from local families. The redesign expanded the space by 4,000 sf resulting in a new spacious Children's Room of 12,700 square feet. The space includes the main children’s area, the craft and story room, staff offices, expanded family restrooms, and storage space.