After the 2020 derecho tore through Marion, Iowa, the already aging Marion Library took on damage. We were thrilled to partner with the Marion Public Library to build a new library across the street from the original location. The design of the new space was not just a warehouse for books, but an active place and community hub for the city of Marion where people of all ages can congregate and learn.
The two-story, 50,000-square-foot library features modern, open spaces with floor-to-ceiling windows, giving a bright and welcoming feel. The first floor includes a large community room with a demonstration kitchen for meetings, classes, and other programming, as well as a cozy reading area with a double-sided fireplace.
With special attention to cater to families with young children, the second story features various spaces that function for the entire family unit including adult workstations with conjoining playpens, an indoor playground area, and a children’s programming room.
Other notable spaces include a second-floor terrace, various tech spaces, study rooms, and conference rooms. “I think this library will be a model for all libraries in the future,” said Marion Mayor Nick AbouAssaly. We sure think so, too!