Widener Branch Library, Free Library of Philadelphia
The Widener Branch Library replaced an existing North Philadelphia branch library that was too small to effectively serve users. It stands as a vital neighborhood resource, providing after-school and summer student programs and serving as a community polling and voting center. To reflect its community importance and give the building a lively atmosphere, the design includes giraffe-shaped columns, textured wall surfaces, and a bright color palette. The new building features a large collection space, meeting and conference rooms, new parking, and a garden.
Free Library of Philadelphia
9,800 square feet
Images © Hugh Loomis