Design of the New Library

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The new library is part of a larger project of the Galvan Foundation, the Galvan Community Center, that will re-purpose the Armory. The library will occupy the entire first floor.   A new Hudson Senior Center will occupy the second floor of the front of the building.   

The Galvan Foundation is undertaking the renovation of the Armory including new HVAC, electrical, plumbing, windows, doors, and the exterior plaza and other landscaping. The Hudson Area Library is responsible for the costs of all of the furniture, fittings and equipment that make the space a library. The library will hold a thirty year lease for $12 per year for the space and be responsible for all utility costs

Goals of the Library Design

The Architect

Vincent Benic Architect, llc, based in New York City, was founded in 1993 and specializes in architectural and planning services for institutional, educational and ecclesiastical projects. The firm has completed over fifteen library projects, many of which include the adaptive reuse and preservation of historic structures. It brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in all phases of architecture as well as extensive work in creating 21st century library facilities. For more information, visit vbarch.com.

The main goals set by the Board of Trustees for the new library at the Armory are that it:

  • be an inviting comfortable space equipped as a 21st century library
  • provide open, flexible, transparent, and accessible facilities throughout
  • meet the standards for space for a library of our population size and provide space for a larger collection of materials
  • support a greater commitment to programming and activities for children, pre-teens and teens.
  • improve our facilities for local history materials and programming
  • upgrade our technology resources to provide more access to the Web and other computer-based experiences.
  • support our existing classroom requirements with room for growth
  • create adult reading, study, computing/Internet, and work spaces for individuals and small groups.
  • contain a significant meeting room seating more than 50 people for lectures, readings, movies, music, and other functions – preferably offering access for use when the library is not open.
  • simplify the process of monitoring activities while improving access by patrons to professional and volunteer staff.
  • improve staff office and workspaces
  • accomplish all of this without disproportionately increasing operating and maintenance costs

(See the discussion at Program Development for more on how these goals were developed) 

Key Facts about the Design

  • 12, 450 Sq. Ft (compared to 7,400 used at 400 State St.)
  • Accessible throughout
  • 30% more collection space for larger number of books, DVDs,etc.
  • 24 computer stations (compared to 10 in current facility).
    • Separated for children, pre-teens, teens, and adults
  • Popular library – latest and most popular items
  • Two children’s library sections: 0 to 7 and 8 to 12 (preteen)
  • Stroller parking
  • Separate teen library with dedicated computers
  • Adult lounge, work tables, separate adult computer stations
  • Self-service print and fax station
  • Self-check out station
  • (2) 12 seat classrooms
  • History room as big as current, but with lockable storage – room can serve as additional meeting/classroom
  • Lots of comfortable seating and work spaces throughout
  • 1,200 sq ft community room – seats 75 for lectures, concerts, movies, community meetings (accessible during hours when library is not open)
  • Seating in outdoors plaza during good weather
  • Better staff working spaces

There are nine major areas:

  • Children’s Library – early literacy and school age/pre-teens
  • Teen Library
  • Adult Library
  • Popular Library
  • Local History Room
  • Classrooms
  • Community Room
  • Staff Work Spaces
  • Bathrooms – 3 accessible, 1 non accessible, and 1 accessible staff