San Ramon Library, A Place to Wander Other Worlds

“A library is infinity under a roof.”

-Gail Carson Levine

The newly renovated and re-imagined San Ramon Library is thriving since its grand opening on April 15, 2017. The library is nestled within a hub of activity, located between the new City Hall and the Marketplace shopping complex with the library as a key link between them. The expansion and remodel of the library was a combined effort, through extensive input and survey feedback from its patrons, user groups, staff, and community-at-large. With this inclusive process ATI delivered a library design that caters to the needs of the community. Just a few of San Ramon Library’s many features include a teen area, jazz listening rooms, a tech center, private study rooms, and the space and resources to host events tailored to children and the young at heart.

The original library was constructed in 1989 and while the original design fit the needs of the community at the time, the building started showing its age with signs of water intrusion and a desperate need for an update in technologies, furnishings, and the space to accommodate the growing community.

(Before Photo – Taken at the first site walk in May 2015)

ATI outlined the goals for the project to include natural light, greater stack, ample quiet space/ study rooms, flexible seating, permanent and temporary public art displays, and state-of-the-art technology to facilitate research, check-out/returns, and access to public information.

ATI organized the space through color cues and floor surfaces to create subsections within an open environment design. As well as, new furnishings that are colorful, comfortable, and versatile/movable to promote a more personal work space feeling. The remodel not only re-imagined the visual aesthetic of the library, but it also addressed today’s technological and structural advancements.

The rolling hills of San Ramon create a backdrop through library’s vast windows and natural light spills into the building from the barrel vault windows. The second floor expansion allows the library to accommodate the needs of the large community across a wide age range. ATI designed an identifiable teen area in the second floor loft, which could be easily supervised by the customer service desk.

ATI also considered the community’s family use by designing the Children’s Collection separated but adjacent to the Adult Collection. San Ramon Library now has the space and resources for not only a serene study space for the knowledge driven, but also an imaginative environment for children to explore other worlds.

Public libraries provide individuals with the resources to learn, explore, and imagine; and provide communities with a place to gather and connect. ATI is honored to be a part of this project and to work alongside the San Ramon community.

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