Charles H. Gere Branch Library

Lincoln City Libraries

Charles H. Gere Branch Library

This $1.8 million project included the renovation of the existing Charles H. Gere Branch Library and an addition that increased the size of the library from 12,000 s.f. to 30,000 s.f.  Every aspect of the library was expanded including Youth Services, Adult Services, Reference, Information, Circulation, staff work areas, Periodicals, reading areas, and public meeting rooms.

One of the central goals of the project was to provide a flexible technological infrastructure which would last well into the future as library technologies evolve. Toward this end, Sinclair Hille provided an underfloor power and cable duct system in focused areas of the library, designed to allow both expansion and relocation of equipment such as Public Access Digital Catalogs and Archival Database stations.  At the time of its construction, this was the first facility in the Lincoln Public Libraries system with library technologies fully integrated with the architecture.

Another goal of the project was to improve the articulation of program areas in order to assist library patrons in "finding their way."  Circulation patterns were carefully planned and distinctive areas articulated.  For example, the Children's area was designed as a light and airy space with child-friendly details.  This was achieved with high sloped ceilings, exposed trusses, child-scaled bay window seats, and a small storytelling alcoves.  Throughout the library, natural light was maximized where possible to maintain a soft, inviting atmosphere and minimize the potential warehouse effect of the shelving. 

The firm was also responsible for furnishings, landscape design, and signage system which was integrated aesthetically with the architecture. 


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