The new main North Richland Hills library will serve the entire city, replacing the existing library in a make-shift space. The 50,000 SF facility will be located in the new Home Town commercial development with a pedestrian-friendly streetscape in an urban density setting including parks, schools, shopping and restaurants. The building responds to the dense urban setting by edging Grand Avenue at the Park entrance and by becoming a safe haven for the surrounding community.
Patrons will enter the facility from both the urban street facing the park and the parking lot on the opposite side. In addition to Fiction, Non-Fiction, Reference, Juvenile, Young Adult and Foreign Language collections, the library will support community interaction by including a café adjacent to periodicals, a multi-media area, and multi-purpose meeting space. Additional shell space will allow future growth for a 185 volume collection. The Library will open in Spring 2008.
BRW Architects, Inc. collaborated with Barker Rinker Seacat Architects out of Denver for the programming, design, and furniture selection.