Allen County Public Library
Downtown Library Expansion & Renovation
Fort Wayne, Indiana
At the center of Allen County’s system, the Main Library in downtown Fort Wayne is one of the busiest in the nation; however, its size was inadequate to handle the library’s ever-increasing collections and demands for services. With the 127,000 s.f. addition and 240,000 s.f. renovation, the new building should accommodate growth for twenty years, and hopefully beyond.
In addition to allowing the main library to expand its open shelf capacity, some of the highlights of the completed project include:
- A patron parking garage for 130 cars
- Full accessibility to people with disabilities
- More reader seating
- Self-service checkout stations
- New entrance on the west with drive-up access
- New plaza at the east entrance
- 280-seat auditorium
- An exhibit gallery
- Library café
- New flexible public meeting rooms
- New lighting, data and telecom systems
- Integrated HVAC system.
With its natural sunlight, the center of all library activity is the new Great Hall. The Great Hall provides access to the library’s many services and departments. The Great Hall, Auditorium and community spaces can be used independently, allowing the public to utilize these facilities for after hours functions.