Designed as a destination for community connection, the new library blends inspiring design with amenity-rich programming.
As one of the most frequently utilized libraries in the Columbus Metropolitan Library System, the 1988 facility prioritized hosting collections instead of fostering connections. Challenged by a tight site and budget, the design team endeavored to double the building size to create an iconic facility that elevates high-design in a high-touch environment.
The library features scalable moments of discovery—from community-created art installations to a child-height fish tank—thoughtfully curated design elements engage visitors of all ages. Bold colors on modular furniture and geometric accents are carefully incorporated to cue wayfinding and add movement to the space.
Design for Everyone
The neutral palette is illuminated by natural light and serves as a peaceful backdrop where quiet activity can unfold. Bold colors on modular furniture and geometric accents are carefully incorporated to cue wayfinding and add movement to the space.
Varying material textures add depth and intrigue while connecting people to familiar elements. High ceilings and transparent partitions enable light and open aesthetic, with clear sightlines that foster trust and safety among visitors.
Community Informed Design
Guided by community input, the building features flexible spaces for multi-modal use. Designed to offer holistic support for children and families, the library hosts services for homework help, kindergarten readiness, and free access to the internet and computers.
The new library is positioned as a long-term investment in the Northland community—a visually inspiring setting where residents feel seen and supported.
The space prioritizes natural light and energy efficiency with a high-performing facade.