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Center for Community

PROJECT

North Webster Community Public Library

LOCATION

North Webster, IN

SIZE

22,500 SF

COMPONENTS

New Construction

Team Leaders

Zachary Benedict

Zach Benedict

AIA, LEED AP, Principal

The North Webster Community Public Library (NWCPL) has long been a valued part of the small lake community, embraced as a center for the community to gain knowledge and social interaction.

 

The library, with attendance numbers growing at a rapid pace, had outgrown its previous location within the North Webster Community Center. The new library provides nearly double the square feet of its previous location, while maintaining the valuable face-to-face interactions between library staff and patrons that set the North Webster Community Public Library apart. The new location provides the library the opportunity to expand its collection and community offerings.

Patrons are welcomed by a new circular drive with sidewalks connecting to the neighboring North Webster Community Center. A large expanse of floor-to-ceiling windows is complimented by a brick façade. Upon entering the library, patrons are greeted at a central reception area along a large corridor connecting the various library sections for easy wayfinding. Unlike other newer libraries, the new building does not include a self-checkout, instead retaining its personable reputation by having library staff manage checkout. Wood accents throughout the library add warmth and texture, while highlighting points of interest such as a large fireplace and lounge area. The new library offers a variety of meeting room and conference room options, a fire-rated genealogy department, and large kitchen. A large, colorful donor wall near the entrance highlights the many donors that made the project possible.

North Webster Community Public Library

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119 W. Wayne St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802

260.422.0783