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Worcester Public Library Redesign Complete

A major renovation of the Worcester Public Library is now complete, including a new front entry and a totally reimagined interior. The renovation features the latest in library design and technology, along with world-class spaces for children and teens. A ribbon-cutting was held at the Library on Thursday, August 12.

LLB Architects designed a new entrance on the north side of the Worcester Public Library facing the City’s main Common and connecting the library to the City’s revitalized downtown. Previously visitors entered either from the parking lot, located at the rear of the library, or using a side entrance. A visually appealing new marquee invites visitors into a welcoming, spacious first floor with a view down the central axis of the building from front to back.

The interior renovation of the Library added 8,000 square feet of space to the first floor by converting an exterior covered walkway into usable space. The ground level gained program elements new to the building, such as an Innovation Center, Media Lab, and quiet study rooms of various sizes. Teens now have their own dedicated space within the library and access to the latest technology offerings to assist with their studies and creative interests.

A signature element of the renovation is the Children’s Room which was relocated to a more secure location on an upper level. Heralded by Library and City leaders as a dynamic world-class destination for families, the Children’s Room combines playful elements to spark imagination with iconic imagery from the City of Worcester. A rocket ship provides seating for quiet reading time. Silhouettes of triple decker houses grace the end of stacks. A starry sky graphic curves across the ceiling while underfoot colorful carpets and projected light visuals of Worcester’s smiley face icon guide patrons through the space.

LLB Architects led an experienced team of engineers and contractors through a complex renovation which worked around the continued use of the Library by library staff and the public. Design concepts were developed working closely with the Library staff and board of the Library as well as representatives of the City of Worcester. The Library’s patron visits are expected to increase from the current 600,000 per year, engaging more of the local community and contributing to the continued revitalization of downtown Worcester.

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