While still providing rows of books, today’s Free Library of Philadelphia also provides digital books, music, and videos, programming about wide-ranging subjects, and job-search workshops. The “Building Inspiration: 21st Century Libraries Initiative” will redefine the Free Library as a central resource in every neighborhood in Philadelphia. INTECH renovated and expanded four neighborhood libraries, with the goal of ensuring that strong, community-specific programming and resources are offered in a state-of-the-art space.
Construction occurred simultaneously at the Logan, Lovett, Lillian Marrero, and Tacony libraries. Although the design for each library responds to the site-specific needs of each building and location, there are program commonalities. Each added an elevator, ADA-compliant toilet rooms, and upgrades to mechanical, plumbing, lighting, and electrical systems. A prototype concept design creates a “living room,” teen space, computer lab, mentoring space, expanded children’s area, and upgraded staff workroom.
The project is funded by a unique partnership between the public and private sectors, including a $25 million gift from the William Penn Foundation which is the largest private gift ever received by the Library.
“The Free Library Foundation found INTECH to be a great partner, always responsive to our questions and needs as well as those of the community members in each neighborhood. Its staff is highly professional and was a pleasure to work with. We appreciate INTECH’s dedication to high-quality work.”Sandra A. Horrocks Vice President, External Affairs, Parkway Central Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation