Library DrawingThe CONNector

April 2002Volume 4 Number 2

Connecticut Public Libraries - New, Expanded, or Renovated

Stafford Public Library

Mary Louise Jensen, Building Consultant

Photo of the main library.
Main Library

On October 28, 2001, the new Stafford Library was dedicated. Incorporated as a town in 1719, Stafford's principal industries are manufacture of woolens and printed circuits, print goods, paper felting and filters. Stafford is a rural community and has over 12,000 residents and covers 60 square miles, making it the third largest town in land area in Connecticut.

The new 17,500 square foot one-story library designed by the Schoenhardt Architects is located in a wooded setting between the high school and middle school. Upon entering the library, one can see all of the public services. This layout is easy to supervise with a small staff. In the middle of the library is a large circulation desk and staff work area beneath a clerestory that emphasize a the desk and provides natural lighting. Next to the circulation desk are low reference stacks that connect to a seating area with natural lighting from large windows and indirect lighting from the vaulted ceiling. On the left side of the entrance is the children's area with cube display shelving, seating, computers, a children's program and craft room, and a bathroom with children's-sized fixtures. On the right side of the entrance is the adult area with bookstacks, seating, and computers.

Photo of the circulation area.
Main Library

Some other keys features of the library are

Photo of the adult seating area.
Main Library

The funding for this project came from town bonding and a $500,000 State Public Library Construction Grant. The total project cost was $3.4 million.

Come see this library at the Libratects meeting, a series of workshops sponsored by the Connecticut State Library, on September 5, 2002 at 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. People involved in the design and construction of the library will be available to answer questions. For questions about the Libratects meetings contact Mary Louise Jensen, 1-800-253-7412

For more information about the new library, check out Stafford Library's webpage.

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