PLCHC Next Generation Library Phase II

As Phase II of the implementation of the Next Generation Library Master Plan, aesthetic and functional updates are being made to the Downtown Main Library. A lively new plaza will activate the Main Library’s entry area and connect to pedestrian spaces outside. Colorful illumination will enliven the exterior at night, while the large glass curtain wall will welcome visitors and showcase the re-envisioned atrium beyond.

Inside the atrium, an inviting social stair will entice visitors to explore the library’s upper floors. The stair will also knit together the Walnut Street and Vine Street entrances while providing a range of seating opportunities for individuals, small groups, and large events. New skylights will bathe the space in light. The transparent, welcoming atrium design provides new amenities and gathering spaces, as well as a more intuitive connection to the upper floors of the library.