The Library is excited to share a first look of its interior (see photo and caption info below), created in collaboration with +VG Architects and Intercede Design Consultants. The rendering gives the community a much anticipated image of what the new space will look like.
The Peterborough Public Library has been operating temporarily out of the lower level of Peterborough Square while the Main Branch on Aylmer Street has been under major renovations since June 2016. Now that demolition is complete, the construction of the addition has begun.
One of the highlights of this project—the central staircase that leads down to the children’s area on the lower level. Accessible public seating wraps around the staircase, allowing patrons to use the library's computers on one side, or sit comfortably enjoying a beverage from the onsite café on the other. Visible at the far end of the image is the wall that once concealed the upper level of the library which has been partially removed to create an inviting entrance into a completely re-imagined space. This upper level will be home to the Library’s new teen zone, the café, a new mid-size program room and three smaller study/meeting rooms.
"The objective with the interior space was to accentuate the existing curving design of the original architecture while transforming it to an open, airy and bright active community hub," says Nicole Crabtree, Associate Partner at +VG Architects.
The integrity and shape of the building has stayed relatively the same, but everything else about this Peterborough landmark is being updated. From the new addition and glass entryway to the open concept design, the new library will be a flexible community space. There will be upgraded lighting, more windows and natural light, new floors, an updated HVAC system and a number of new amenities which will make the library a bright and inviting space for the community to explore.
The new library is slated to reopen late summer 2017.