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Building Design

The Latest Building Design Plans

The Building Committee, architects, and others are working diligently to finalize the building plans for the new library. To view the most recent plans, click on the links below.

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The Future is Here!
A 21st Century Library for Durham

With your support, the Durham Public Library will open its new facility in the summer of 2013. The new location at 49 Madbury Road will be the site of a 10,500 square foot, eco-friendly, dynamic, state-of-the-art community library!

Just steps from the middle school, serving as an anchor to downtown businesses and accommodating groups up to 100 people, this facility will serve the many needs of the entire community.

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  • Toddlers, children, teens, and parents will delight in the children's wing a dedicated space for crafts and storytime, and an area for young adults.

  • Teens can retreat to private space to hang out with friends, read and utilize the dedicated teen space for group work, games, and studying.

  • Adults and small business owners can take advantage of the Internet and reading cafe, self-serve coffee bar, multiple meeting spaces for small and large groups.
  • The new library will have room for nearly 40,000 items, up from our present collection of 31,000 tightly packed materials.

  • There will be ample seating for patrons in the quiet reading areas at the front and rear of the adult wing and in the cafe.

  • Multiple meeting rooms will be available for public use: the Community Room that seats up to 100, the Heritage Room conference room, and two quiet study rooms.

  • Public computer stations will grow from the present eight to 24. Twelve for adults, four for teens, and eight for children.

  • Staff will have work space and offices.

  • The building will be ADA compliant and will include an elevator.
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  • The addition will be compatible with the existing building’s style and brick façade and there is room on the property for future expansion.

  • The building is designed for a 100-year life span and incorporates many “green” elements equivalent to LEED standards, to hold down operating and maintenance costs.

  • An attractive courtyard will be a pleasant area on nice days for reading, conversation and outdoor activities. A Rain Garden will also provide a buffer to protect the wetlands.

  • The new library will bring the community together to enjoy an array of wholesome educational, cultural and social activities.

  • In many ways, the new library will contribute significantly to Durham’s sense of community, cited as a key element of the town’s vision in the Master Plan approved in 2000.