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Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library McCollough Branch

A Mid-Century Marvel

Evansville, Indiana

In 2022, the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library (EVPL) worked with MKM architecture + design on a system-wide master plan to determine which branches required renovations, additions, or replacements. It was determined that the McCollough branch was in most immediate need of renovation.

Established in 1965, EVPL McCollough is one of eight branches serving Vanderburgh County. Exterior upgrades were made to the east side of the building to direct foot traffic into the building from a larger parking area and nearer to the relocated children’s area. A neutral palette was used on the walls and fixtures with splashes of color in the décor. A wooden ceiling spans the length of the north side of the building and showcases a series of drum lights designed to reflect the building’s mid-century modern aesthetic. New bookshelves with custom end panel details and updated furniture were incorporated throughout.

The children’s area was relocated to the front of the building to increase visibility and to allow for an expanded collection. Colorful hexagonal recesses in a new accent wall provide an interactive experience for younger patrons. Relocation of the children’s area allowed for increased staff areas, which include three private offices and an open work room. A large meeting room for programs and activities was incorporated near the east entrance with glass walls to create visibility for encouraged participation and activity.