Free Library of Philadelphia
The current renovation project removes the original six-level prefabricated steel structures that house the book stacks, relocates 800,000 volumes of books to a retrievable offsite location, and returns 30,000 square feet of previously private space to the public realm. The renovated stack space will house the new Business, Research and Innovation Center, Teen Center, and the Common – a space conceived as the new hub of the library. The Common will serve and support the social and technological needs of the community and adapt to suit their evolving interests.
A rendered animation demonstrating the renovations of 6 floors of stacks to create new public spaces, highlighting the connections between the existing building and the new resources.