Sherwood Elementary School, Library

Islip, New York

At the Sherwood Elementary School, the school board decided that a new library/computer facility and four additional elementary classrooms were needed to meet educational and program goals.

The architects and the administration envisioned that the library should have a defined character and atmosphere that would encourage elementary students to use the library ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$234.04FEATURED IN2003 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers and computer facilities for schoolwork and after-school activities.

The result is a two-story library reading room with an architectural pitched metal roof. This creates a unique exterior elevation, compared with the one-story classroom addition. It also allowed for an attractive open interior environment. The vaulted ceiling of the reading room offers 360 degrees of natural light from the bank of windows that are on all four walls of the upper portion and two sides of the lower reading area. The reading space features low-profile perimeter seating that is used for teaching lessons and reading sessions.

The balance of the air-conditioned library space contains bookshelves, work areas and a librarian station. A computer room adjacent to the library offers direct accessibility. Flexibility in the design allows for the computer room to be used as an independent classroom.