Victoria Public Library

Victoria, Minnesota

Small by traditional library standards, this 4,300-SF library prioritizes digital resources to maximize space for people-focused functions, such as tutoring, small group and classroom-style learning. The design uses an “everything on wheels” strategy and is organized around a combination of group work and digital media spaces to prioritize collaborative group work, training and instruction and spaces for small group discussion. Long, farmhouse-style tables are used in place of the typical lengths of independent desktop computers found in most libraries, allowing use by individuals, small groups, collaborative use and classes of up to 24 students.

Client 

Carver County Library System

At a glance

4,300-SF “boutique” library, meets contemporary needs

Prototype layout emphasizes “flip” spaces, allowing maximum use of space throughout the day

Concierge service with technology-focused librarians shifts staff from behind desks and into roles of adviser and educator

Features

Flexibility through mobile furniture and creative “flip” features, which shift to support daily changing needs

Touch screen browsing, digital downloads, borrowable devices and content/media collaboration stations

Book-rich spaces foster creative children’s play and discovery

Services

Space programming

Concept design

Architectural design

Library design

Interior design

Furniture design