The south façade creates a strong civic presence on University Avenue.
TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY
BY SYLVIA WALLIS
CASE STUDY WEST BRANCH LIBRARY OF THE BERKELEY PUBLIC LIBRARY
ABOVE ALL, A LIBRARY exists to serve its community in ways
that extend far beyond checking out books. A library in a diverse
neighborhood in West Berkeley, Calif., had outgrown its space for vital
community programs by the late 2000s. Rather than renovating again
to address this problem, the old building was demolished after careful
study showed the benefits of starting from scratch. In the old library's
place stands a new zero net energy library that will meet community
needs for years to come.