Cape Central High School, Library

Cape Girardeau, Missouri

  • FIRM

    Wm. B. Ittner, Inc.


    Cape Girardeau 63 School District

  • AREA

    206,000 sq.ft.





The library was designed to serve as the central focus of the new Cape Central High School’s academic area. The two-story, atrium-style space also allows the school district to facilitate various community functions. In addition to housing nearly 20,000 volumes, the new library is designed to have a calm atmosphere and open environment commonly found ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$87.00CITATIONBronze CitationFEATURED IN2003 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers bookstores.

Passing through an angled, standard-height entry, flanked by lighted display cases, students arrive in the larger volume of the library amidst perimeter shelving, a coffee bar and a computer lab area. The central circular reference desk serves to provide both visual control and an easily accessible information node. A clerestory that runs along the tops of both long walls permits natural light to reach adjacent classrooms through high, narrow bands of windows.

Complete with the latest technology, the Cape Central High School library embodies the district’s philosophy of community involvement and pride, while providing a comfortable place that offers numerous avenues of learning for every patron.

"Nice detailing, handsome colors, good function."—2003 jury