Norfolk Public Library

Norfolk Public Library

Bringing the Library into the 21st Century

The City of Norfolk hired APMA to study its existing public library and devise a plan for an improved facility that considered projected space and technological needs over the next twenty years. The information gathered included extensive community feedback, making the case for a renovated and expanded facility that would serve the city for decades to come. In Phase Two APMA worked with city, steering committee, and library staff to confirm the program before refining the space plan and building design. The final building is an inspiring new space that nearly doubled the collection capacity; included dedicated space for children and young adults; and added a reorganized main entrance, a secure exterior courtyard, a maker’s space and heritage room. A new community room is available to the general public outside library hours. The team significantly increased parking capacity and made much-needed improvements that allow more natural light into the space.

Project

Location
Norfolk, Nebraska

Size
22,000 SF Renovation
16,000 SF Addition

Scope of Work
Renovation + Addition

Date of Completion 
2018

Honors + Awards
2019 IIDA Great Plains IDEA Award – Community & Civic

2019 IIDA Great Plains IDEA Award – Best In Show

2019 IIDA Great Plains IDEA Award – Product Design – Play Fort

2019 AIA Nebraska – Architectural Honor Award

Project Contact

Norfolk Public Library

Elevated roof lines and large glass transparencies increase visibility and are a beacon to the community. A new welcoming entrance increases visibility, wayfinding and security.

The design nearly doubled the collection capacity; included dedicated space for children and young adults; and added a reorganized main entrance, a secure exterior courtyard, a maker’s space and heritage room.

A new community room is available to the general public outside library hours. The team significantly increased parking capacity and made much-needed improvements that allow more natural light into the space.

Photography by: Corey Gaffer

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