New Main Library at Goodwood, East Baton Rouge Parish

Joint Venture as "The Library Design Collaborative"

LEED Silver Certified Library in the Park

Identified at the outset as “The Library in the Park,” this facility required development of memorable public spaces as well as unique age-appropriate library environments, significant accommodations for public meetings, and access to technology while also housing the administrative functions for the entire Parish Library System.

Transparent building forms immerse patrons in the surrounding Independence Park. Administrative functions form a multi-story “bar” along the south side with strategic openings to assure the infusion of natural light into all interior working spaces. Roof gardens provide bonus experiences for staff and library patrons and further extend library functions into the park. Likewise, park amenities engage multiple building surfaces to encourage access and use of library facilities by park visitors.

The design team engaged the community throughout the design and planning process, holding multiple open meetings with citizens, stakeholders, library board, and administration, ultimately garnering widespread support for the final design.

We embraced sustainability with major emphasis on site strategies to manage and filter water, efficient building systems and envelope, daylighting, and rainwater harvesting to support green roof development. The library was the first city building project to pursue LEED certification and it has helped to inform the EBRP Library System of the way patrons utilize library resources today.

Embracing its location and inviting patrons to participate in their surroundings, the ultimate product is a true success story – the concept of “library in the park” translated into a reality not only connects the library visually and physically with its environs but also engages the public in an exciting new way.

- Mary Stein

Assistant Library Director, Administrative Services

Recognition Library Journal’s 2015 New Landmark Libraries Award Winner
American Libraries' 2015 Library Design Showcase "At One with Nature"
ENR Texas & Louisiana 2014 Project of the Year
Engineering News Record 2014 Best Project Government/Public Buildings
AIA Baton Rouge 2015 Members Choice Award
Library Journal Magazine September 2015 Library By Design “22 Fresh Icons”

LocationBaton Rouge, LA

Area126,000 sf

Construction Cost$32 million

ClientEast Baton Rouge Parish Library

ServicesArchitecture, Interior Design

Completion Date2015

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