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Draft Facilities Master Plan Recommendations. For The Montgomery City-County Public Library Dubberly Garcia Associates, Inc. 06-18-07. Major Topics. MCCPL facilities today Current library use patterns Population projections Space shortfall Facility recommendations. MCCPL System Today.

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DraftFacilities Master Plan Recommendations


The Montgomery City-County Public Library

Dubberly Garcia Associates, Inc.


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Major Topics

  • MCCPL facilities today

  • Current library use patterns

  • Population projections

  • Space shortfall

  • Facility recommendations

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MCCPL System Today

  • Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library

  • Nine branch libraries

  • Library Extension Services

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Square Footage

  • Morgan (Main) Library 52,200 sf

  • Governor’s Square12,400 sf

  • Pintlala 9,700 sf

  • E. L. Lewis 9,500 sf

  • Rufus A. Lowder 9,500 sf

  • Coliseum Avenue 7,600 sf

  • Rosa L. Parks Avenue 5,200 sf

  • Ramer 4,500 sf

  • Pike Road 2,100 sf

  • Pine Level 960 sf

  • System Total 111,250 sf

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Collection Size

  • Morgan (Main) Library 140,000 items

  • Governor’s Square 59,500

  • Coliseum Avenue 52,400

  • Rufus A. Lowder 49,900

  • E. L. Lewis 38,200

  • Rosa L. Parks Avenue 27,300

  • Ramer 26,300

  • Pintlala 21,700

  • Pike Road 14,400

  • Pine Level 11,000

  • System Total 491,500 items

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Computers - Public Use

  • Morgan (Main) Library 38

  • E. L. Lewis 11

  • Rufus A. Lowder 11

  • Governor’s Square 10

  • Coliseum Avenue 9

  • Pintlala 9

  • Rosa L. Parks Avenue 4

  • Pike Road 4

  • Pine Level 4

  • Ramer 4

  • System Total 104

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Public Study & Casual Seating

  • Morgan (Main) Library 213 seats

  • Governor’s Square 62

  • Coliseum Avenue 43

  • E. L. Lewis 26

  • Rufus A. Lowder 26

  • Pintlala 26

  • Ramer 24

  • Rosa L. Parks Avenue 12

  • Pine Level 14

  • Pike Road 7

  • System Total 457 seats

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Library System Facilities

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Morgan Memorial Library (Main) 195948 yrs52,200 sf

Dysfunctional as a modern public library

  • Many spaces inappropriate for public library

  • Extremely inefficient use of space

  • First floor chopped into small rooms

  • Most of second floor cannot support collections

  • Collection cannot grow significantly

  • Collection arrangement confusing due to weight issues

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  • Lighting levels inappropriate in many areas

  • Visual sight-lines are poor or non-existent in many areas

  • Security issues in several locations

  • Air circulation and temperature control – a challenge

  • Structure design inhibits computer installation

  • Parking extremely inadequate

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Coliseum Boulevard197235 yrs 7,600 sf

  • Exterior sign difficult to read from street

  • Area for children bright and well-arranged

  • Public areas neat, clean, and fresh

  • Building filled beyond capacity with books

  • Crowded appearance

  • Inadequate interior signage to guide users

  • Inadequate lighting level in adult collection stacks

  • Staff work areas too small and crowded—inefficient

  • Staff break room shares small dreary magazine room

  • Public service desk may not meet ADA height requirements

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Governor’s SquareLeased12,400 sf

  • Good visual cues, such as tiled pathways

  • Service desk cannot be seen upon entering library

  • Walls are clean and look fresh

  • Little warmth or energy in interior

  • Carpet soiled by beverage spills and dirt

  • Some shelving units too tall for easy children’s use

  • Sight lines obstructed to children's area

  • Narrow aisles in adult area

  • High ceiling height lacks coziness users like

  • Service desk may not meet ADA requirements

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Rufus A. Lewis199413 yrs 9,500 sf

  • Warm, well-lighted interior and inviting entrance area

  • Colorful displays decorate walls

  • Space available for more computers

  • Visual cues assist customers, but interior signs small

  • Lighting levels inadequate in some adult stack locations

  • Little sound control in open-layout building

  • Lacks furniture designed for young children

  • Sight lines obstructed to some parts of children's area

  • Multipurpose room lighting cannot be adjusted; no storage room

  • Staff break room is crowded

  • Uneven settling in concrete floor in some areas of building

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E. L. Lowder199413 yrs 9,500 sf

  • Inviting entrance and pleasant, well-lighted interior

  • Additional computers needed and space available

  • Visual cues and signage assist customers

  • Children's area not well-defined as a special space

  • Poor sight lines from service desk to children’s area

  • Some shelving units too high for easy use by children

  • Lacks quiet study/reading area

  • Multipurpose room lacks storage space

  • Exterior building sign cannot be easily read from street

  • Cracked foundation scheduled for repair

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Rosa L. Parks Avenue1960 47 yrs 5,200 sf

  • Walls appear clean and fresh

  • Building exterior not in good condition—foundation cracks

  • Interior worn and very outdated

  • Ceiling needs repair and windows need maintenance

  • Signage guiding users within the building is inadequate

  • Natural lighting creates glare during the day

  • Lighting in the children's area is especially inadequate

  • Lacks furniture designed for young children

  • Some shelving units in children's area too tall for children’s use

  • Children's area uninviting, except for interesting wall decorations

  • Multipurpose space has inadequate air circulation, soiled carpet, and inappropriate lighting levels

  • Staff work space small and inefficient.

  • Staff break area an uninviting space, also used for storage

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Pike Road198027 yrs 2,100 sf

  • Building sign easy to see from road

  • Parking area insufficient; requires backing into road

  • Building interior has little natural lighting

  • Lighting levels in stacks appear satisfactory

  • Carpet not fresh and has soiled areas

  • Most of children's area not seen from service desk

  • Exterior entry into the children's area not supervised

  • Study seating insufficient in adult area

  • No break room for staff

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Pine Level1980 27 yrs 960 sf

  • Building sign easily seen from road

  • Clean entryway and carpet

  • Little natural lighting in facility

  • Lighting levels in stack areas seem adequate

  • Interior walls clean and appear in good repair

  • Insufficient seating

  • Single small desk for public and staff

  • Lacks break room for staff

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Pintlala199611 yrs 9,700 sf

  • Parking area is paved, well marked, and adequately lighted

  • Entryway inviting; interior bright, cheerful—good natural lighting

  • Visual clues assist customers in using the building

  • Lighting levels are sufficient in most areas of building

  • Children’s and adult areas well-defined

  • Additional seating for children needed

  • Building sign not easily read from road

  • Exterior wood trim needs maintenance

  • Several crack lines visible in rear walls from building interior

  • Water seepage into multipurpose room evident

  • Multipurpose room lacks storage room

  • No break room for staff

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Ramer198027 yrs 4,500 sf

  • Building sign can be read from street

  • Paved parking area adequately lighted

  • Entryway and exterior of building is attractive and inviting

  • Building has excellent natural lighting

  • Building interior neatly maintained

  • Multipurpose space is a pleasant space

  • Visual clues and interior signage lacking in building

  • Service desk is located very close to front door

  • Adult stack areas inadequately lighted

  • Acoustical treatment needed to reduce noise levels inside library

  • Shelving in children's area includes too tall for children's use

  • Sight lines to some adult collection areas obstructed

  • No staff break room

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Current Library Use Patterns

  • Borrower density maps

  • Market area maps

  • Demographic profiles

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Borrower Density Maps

  • System-wide

  • Each facility

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Market Area Maps

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Population Projections

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Space Shortfall

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Facility Recommendations

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Facility Types

  • Main library

  • Area libraries

  • Community libraries

  • Express libraries

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Main library

85,000 sf260,000 + residents

Area libraries

15,000 sf35,000 to 50,000 residents

Community libraries

5,000 to 7,500 sf 5,000 to 15,000 residents

Express libraries

4,000 to 4,500 sf 1,500 to 4,999 residents

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Main Library

Approximately 85,000 square feet by 2010.

General location: retail quality site in Downtown Montgomery, with sufficient parking, easy auto access from all parts of Montgomery County, and on public transportation routes.

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East Area Library

Approximately 15,000 square feet by 2010 to replace the 2,121 square-foot Pike Road Library.

General location: retail quality site on or near northern Pike Road between Vaughn Road and U. S. Highway 80

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Coliseum Area Library

Replacement of present 7,600 square-foot facility with approximately 15,000 square feet by 2010.

General location: retail quality site on or near Coliseum Boulevard, in vicinity of Madison Avenue/Atlanta Highway.

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Rosa L. Parks Avenue Community Library

Renovation or replacement with approximately 5,000 square feet by 2010.

General location: retail quality site in same vicinity adjacent to or near a community or senior center, if current facility not renovated.

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Pintlala Community Library

Expansion by approximately 2,300 square feet to 10,000 square feet by 2010.

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Governors Square Area Library

With approximately 15,000 square feet to replace current 12,427 square-foot leased facility by 2015.

General location: retail quality site on or near East South Boulevard and near intersection with Troy Highway/McGehee Road

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Southeast Express Library

Approximately 4,000 square feet to replace 960 square-foot Pine Level Library by 2015.

General location: retail quality site along Troy Highway between Meriwether Trail and Old Carter Hill Road.

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Rufus A. Lewis Area Library

Expansion or replacement of current 9,500 square-foot facility with approximately 15,000 square feet by 2020.

General location: on present site or a retail quality site in the same vicinity, if present site cannot be expanded

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E. L. Lowder Area Library

Expansion or replacement of current 9,500 square-foot facility with approximately 15,000 square feet by 2020.

General location: retail quality site on or near Bell Road in the vicinity of Interstate 85.

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By 2020 – 2025:

Net Additional Square Feet 72,980

Total Projects Square Footage179,228

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