Worcester Public Library

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. The main branch of the Worcester Public Library is located at the heart of the City, which is undergoing a revitalization with vibrant new restaurants, outdoor plazas and hundreds of new apartments under construction.

LLB was enlisted to improve the connection of the library to the downtown by creating a new entry that faces the public common or what is known to the locals as “the living room of the city”. Previously, the main entrance was from the parking lot. A visually appealing new marquee invites visitors into a welcoming, spacious first floor with a view down the central axis of the building -- connecting it 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. It also created a dynamic world-class destination space for families filled with playful elements, including a rocketship, silhouettes of triple deckers and a starry sky graphic overhead.