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Library Expansion

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Chapel Hill Public Library Expansion and Pritchard Park Art Garden

Chapel Hill Public Library Remodeling from Town of Chapel Hill, NC on Vimeo.

The Chapel Hill Public Library is located within Pritchard Park, a 32-acre public park with nature and walking trails. Pritchard Park is a hilly and heavily wooded tract of land located in the center of Chapel Hill, northeast of Estes Drive off Franklin Street. The Library today is the busiest public library per capita in North Carolina serving approximately 375,000 people annually with an average of 1,085 visitors per day.

The current 27,000 square foot Chapel Hill Public Library was built in 1994 in the northeast section of the Park; the revised program for the new Library building would add an additional 35,500 square feet and an art garden. The design of the new building and art garden will complement the park site, its uses, and its environment.

Chapel Hill residents approved a $16.23 million library expansion bond in November 2003. In 2004, the Town Council appointed a Library Building Committee to organize a process for selecting an architect, and to work with the architect through the design process.

The Town hired local firm Corley Redfoot Zack Inc. and project partner Robert A.M. Stern & Architects as the design team for the project in September 2006.

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