Newly-Renovated Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library

February 8, 2017 | sandy nance

If you’re looking for a small or spacious place to host a community event, facilitate a roundtable discussion, or just get some work done without interruption, the Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library needs to be on your list.

The recently expanded and improved Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library reopened last month after being closed for most of 2016.

This unique location retained it’s cozy “neighborhood feel” while improving parking, opening the ceilings, and updating and increasing work and meeting spaces. The reading rooms were also enlarged, and refreshing natural light abounds.

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The enlarged community room has a capacity of 100. The Schweitzer Brentwood location also has two conference rooms and four study rooms, with plenty of outlets for your devices.

If you prefer your own space, but not necessarily your own room, the individual Brody WorkLounge is designed for productivity. This unique work space offers an ergonomic chair, adjustable work surface, electric outlets, and task lighting.

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Patrons are also able to place their holds online, and choose the drive-through option for easy pick-up and drop off. Or, step inside for a coffee and tasty bite from Coffee Between Friends, staffed entirely by volunteers. Take note of the stunning repurposed blue tiles along the wall behind the counter–perhaps you’ll remember them from the former exterior.

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Many people contributed to the highly successful campaign, adding 1,500 square feet of space and removing the cantankerous boiler from the original 1971 structure. A local firm, Dake Wells Architecture, also known for the Davis-Harrington Welcome Center, collaborated with a firm specializing in public library design for the innovative and artistic changes.

This project’s innovation is reflected in its environmentally responsible renovation. It qualified for the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification program, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. This certification ensures high standards were met for numerous criteria, including energy conservation. An impressive eighty-five percent of waste from the renovation project was recycled. In addition to leveraging more daylight inside, nighttime light pollution was reduced outside.

Innovation and technology go hand in hand, and the Schweitzer Brentwood location is the first in Springfield to implement Automated Material Handling equipment, which sorts materials automatically. This location has also implemented a modified dewey decimal system, (another first in Springfield) offering more precise classification.

Also worth noting:

  • A Julie Blackmon photo, “Lost Mitten”  is on display in the separate children’s area.
  • As you explore the new spaces, make sure to look up and admire the artistic light fixtures located throughout the library.
  • The new self-checkout machines: patrons are able to check their account directly from the self-checkout machines.
  • The intentional space for teens, complete with booth seating, bistro tables, and a selection of board games.

Expanded hours:

Branch Hours

  • Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Friday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

Drive-up Service

  • Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Friday-Saturday, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
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Pictures books are even more inviting when facing outward.

 

 

In the children's separate section, busy hands can play games on the iPad while parents load up on picture books.

In the children’s separate section, busy hands can play games on the iPad while parents load up on picture books.

 

 

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