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Lincoln Central Library

BVH Architecture and MSR Design were hired to collaborate on the design for a new central library for Lincoln City Library System in Lincoln, Nebraska. The initial phase includes building program development, concept, and bond support.

The library is designed to replace underutilized civic event space with a new and innovative library that balances access to traditional media with expanded library programming activities.

Situated on one quarter of a city block on Centennial Mall, the library is designed to engage and re-activate the civic space of the capital mall to bring continued public activity and provide free access to information. The design extends the public space of Centennial Mall into the main level which includes a large children’s library and special collections in the Polley music library. Over 80,000 square feet provides a mix of meeting space, active learning space, technology, and access to materials. The library will be capped off with an accessible roof deck that connects back to the State Capital Building and Centennial Mall while providing the public with space for outdoor programming.

When completed, this new facility will elevate public services, enhance access to the Polley Music Library, and Nebraska authors in the form of special collections. Enhanced early literacy programming, associated urban development with affordable housing, and expanded library services will result from the library design.

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