Sharp Architects, Inc. was approached by the Sycamore Public Library in 2010 to address long-standing water infiltration and building envelope issues, which dated back 14 years to when an addition to the original Carnegie library was constructed. We were also challenged with the renovation design of the lower level within a tight budget. One of the major complaints about the existing building was the placement of the circulation desk upstairs. The circulation process was moved downstairs and given ample working space. The existing circulation desk was replaced by a new adult services desk, adjacent to a reworked administrative wing. The Children’s, Youth, and Young Adult sections were each greatly expanded and partnered with corresponding offices, increasing direct staff supervision. The existing underutilized space on the first floor of the original library became the board room and a multipurpose room.
Client: Sycamore Library
Project Size: 28,341 SQ. FT.