Anoka County Library’s (ACL) Board of Trustees unanimously approved the selection of Leo A. Daly as the architect for the design of the expansion and remodel of the 6,300-square foot Centennial Library, located at 100 Civic Heights Circle in Circle Pines. Construction is expected to begin on the building in fall 2018 and completed in spring 2019.
The current Centennial Library building opened in November 1985. In 2016, Centennial Library had more than 95,000 visits and circulated more than 177,000 items. The library is part of a civic campus that now includes a playground, community garden, and connections to biking and walking trails leading to Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Park Reserve.
“This project aims to reinvent what a public library can aspire to be,” said Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah, chair, Anoka County Board. “In an ever-changing world of information, libraries play an increasingly vital role in the lives of people who live and work in our communities.”
Reorienting itself to meet increasing demands for flexible spaces, the new environment will reflect the evolving nature of 21st century libraries. It will include dynamic and high-tech elements, fun and engaging spaces for kids, and collaborative and creative spaces for groups to work together in a variety of configurations.
“We are responding to changes in culture and technology that affect how we gather, learn, and play,” said Dan Greensweig, Library Board President. “These improved spaces will enhance our ability to deliver better experiences for visitors of all ages.”
The public is invited to an open house at Centennial Library on Wednesday, August 9, from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. to meet with Anoka County Library Board members, library staff, and architects from Leo A. Daly to share your thoughts on the schematic designs.