Charlotte and William Bloomberg Medford Public Library

Medford, Massachusetts
United States

The city of Medford was eager to create Massachusetts’ first Net-Zero library while prioritizing its goal of creating a welcoming and easily accessible space for the community. Upon entering the library, an accent wall and reading nook are highlighted, creating a friendly and enticing workspace. The space opens into a taller stack area, illuminated with direct/indirect pendants aligned perpendicularly to stacks for future flexibility. The Teens Room features similar pendants to streamline maintenance and offset fixture costs. Special care was taken to properly illuminate varying stack heights and consider vertical illuminance needs in all reading rooms.

In multi-purpose and maker spaces, natural and electric light work in harmony to accentuate curved ceilings and provide sufficient illumination for work surfaces. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide abundant daylight, allowing fixtures to be dimmed as much as possible. Controls are designed to allow for both user flexibility and maximized energy savings. This warm, welcoming library generates all electricity on-site and utilizes 100% LED lighting.

  • Civic
  • USGBC Net Zero Certified
    LEED Silver Certified
    45,000 sq. ft. | 4,180 sq.m.
    $32.6 M
  • Schwartz Silver Architects
  • Paul Burke