Jack Russell Memorial LibraryHartford, WI
The Jack Russell Memorial Library, after operating for over twenty years from a “temporary” location on the top floor of City Hall, retained PRA to create a permanent space for the library.
PRA designed a new, 35,890 sq. ft. two-story facility. The library is oriented on the site to provide views adjacent to Mill Pond Park, augment downtown parking and maximize natural day lighting while controlling solar heat gain. Popular collection and children’s areas are located on the first floor, while non-fiction, reference and other typically quiet functions are gathered on the second floor. Additionally, two innovative spaces a “History Exploratorium” and a “Learning Lounge” were designed to provide immersive and interactive experiences that introduce patrons to the history of the Hartford area and provide the opportunity to learn about the wealth of library services.