Inspiration

We have been fortunate in the development of this project to have received advice and guidance from three dynamic initiatives that have already completed their own library renovations:

  • The L!brary Initiative, a partnership of the Robin Hood Foundation and the New York City Department of Education, funded 58 library renovations from 2001-2009 throughout New York City. They have published design recommendations and lessons learned that have helped guide our project.
  • The Capitol Hill Community Foundation led a public-private partnership with DC Public Schools, to complete eight library renovations in 2006 and 2007 within the Capitol Hill community. Driven by volunteers, all eight renovations were completed on-time and under budget.
  • The Baltimore Community Foundation’s Library Funds renovated three libraries in Baltimore City from 2001-2008. Spearheaded by the vision of two community leaders, this initiative laid the ground work for our current project to proceed.