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CLIENTSan Jose Public Libraries

SERVICESNew Construction, Interiors

LOCATIONSan Jose, CA

SIZE21,000 sq ft

STATUSCompleted 2010

CERTIFICATIONLEED® Certified™

This one-story branch library is sited along a thoroughfare that runs between a residential neighborhood and a low-density commercial area. The southern elevation serves as a large window; the expansive glass façade allows for a strong visual connection from the street and provides passersby with views into the library. The main pedestrian entryway is marked by a two-story sculptural glass tower and marble wall.

View along Santa Teresa Boulevard
View along Santa Teresa Boulevard

On the interior, we drew from retail merchandising display principles and employed residentially-scaled components to create a comfortable and welcoming community destination. New releases in technology and literature are showcased in the Marketplace in the library’s foyer, and refreshments and lively hang out space are offered in the Internet café. User-friendly self-checkout machines replace the traditional circulation desk. The Living Room—a warm, welcoming reading lounge—features a fireplace and looks out onto the surrounding hills. The library also includes a 100-seat community room, a technology center, and segregated quiet rooms for study and reading.

Checkout and Foyer
Checkout and Foyer
Children's Area
Children's Area
Teen Room
Teen Room
The Living Room
The Living Room
Signage detail
Signage detail
Internet cafe
Internet cafe
View along Santa Teresa Boulevard
View along Santa Teresa Boulevard