Derry Township Library

Hershey, Pennsylvania

The 29,700-square-foot library is based on an open floor plan with barrel-vault ceiling. The building is designed to accommodate 5,000 square feet of expansion in order to handle the library’s present collection and offer expansion beyond the year 2015. Celestory windows allow natural indirect light, preventing direct sunlight from damaging the books or shining directly ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$141.41FEATURED IN1998 Architectural Portfolio people.

Major functional areas include an adult service section, a children’s area, a central reference and circulation area, and a 250-seat multipurpose room for community organizations.

A major feature is computer technology, including public access to the Internet as well as a 30 percent expansion capacity of the 75,000 book collection.

Covered walkways to the main entrance provide a serene transition from the outdoors. The brick walks are lined with donor bricks, which bear the names of the donors who contributed a total of more than $580,000.

Trails and bike paths interconnect the library with the recreation center and three adjacent schools to provide a campus-like atmosphere.

An existing small stream was transformed into a wildlife corridor project and is used as a living outdoor educational program.