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FREE LIBRARY OF PHILADELPHIA
21ST CENTURY LIBRARIES INITIATIVE

Size57,400 SF
LocationPhiladelphia, PA
OwnerFree Library of Philadelphia

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.

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