The Richland County Library branch, in Eastover, SC, has been around since 1930, but didn’t take up residence in a permanent location until 1985. In the decades that followed, the needs of library patrons significantly evolved and the need to expand and renovate became pressing.
“The 2,500 square foot space wasn’t set up to function like a modern day library,” said Steve Sullivan, facility manager for the Richland Library System.
Space for computers was at a premium. The shelving was old and peaked at 90” tall, which created a cramped and claustrophobic feeling when people browsed the aisles.
During the two-year planning process, the team at Patterson Pope worked closely with the architect, designer and library staff to create a library shelving solution that would increase collection capacity, open up the library for other functions, and highlight the community’s local history with a unique end panel concept.
Historic photos, some over eighty years old, were chosen by the local community and printed onto 3Form acrylic panels, which were then mounted onto laminate end panels provided by Wood Design, a fabricator in Fort Atkinson, WI. Mounting the translucent 3Form sheets with custom imagery onto the laminate end panels was done to ensure that they were clearly visible, instead of viewing metal shelving through the translucent material.
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