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An Opportunity for Growth

Community Room Expansion

Public Libraries of Today

Dynamic public libraries across the country are incorporating new philosophies, new technologies and new spaces to meet the needs of their communities. The future public library is one of multiple destinations—a place for patrons to experience the world of information in a variety of new ways, as well as a location where the local community can congregate and interact in a multi-functional space.

The Evolving River Vale Public Library

Conceptual Design for Community Room Expansion
Conceptual Design for
Community Room Expansion

Built in 1983, the library began its evolution into a 21st Century Library with an interior renovation completed in 2010. The public’s increased use of the library has made it clear that we must continue our evolution, as many public libraries have done, by providing a more flexible setting that allows the concurrent use of the building by multiple user groups. This can be accomplished by redesigning and expanding the footprint of the library’s Community Room.

The Need for Expansion

The River Vale Public Library is a popular destination for the local community. Over the last three years the library hosted over 20,355 people attending 1,209 library and community sponsored events. Unfortunately the present 896 sq. ft. Community Room cannot always accommodate everyone who would like to attend our programs.

In addition to scheduled programming, the library regularly hosts upwards of 50 middle school students at the end of every school day!
This creates overcrowding in the building and presents a challenge to other patrons who wish to utilize the library’s space and resources. In response to this space constraint, the Library Board of Trustees, working with the architectural firm, Environetics, developed a Master Plan that would reconfigure the present Community Room and add an additional 744 sq. ft. to create 1,640 sq. ft. of multi-functional space.

An Improved Design

An Improved Design facilitates concurrent use of the space for increased room availability and functionality. A movable wall divider allows the room to function as one large or two smaller rooms allowing increased seating capacity and public use of the facility

The Library Cafe - a place to get together
Conceptual Design for Library Cafe
Conceptual Design for
Library Cafe area

The new design features vending machines so the public can enjoy food and beverages when visiting the library. This feature will be especially attractive to middle school students who frequent the building after school as well as those wishing to socialize while in the building.

Technology for entertainment and educational programming

The new space will accommodate advanced audio-visual equipment. This will prove essential for educational, recreational and community programming.

Exhibition Space

An area is specifically designed for school and local art exhibitions.

A Park-Like Setting
Conceptual Design for Library Outdoor Beautification
Conceptual Design for
completion of rear patio

A long range goal of the Library Board is to fully utilize the picturesque rear grounds behind the building by extending the recently completed rear patio of the library.



Community Room Expansion Plan
Community Room
Expansion Plan

Immediate Planning Goals

• Provide continual communication to township officials as well as seek their financial support when they bond for future, major capital projects.
• Increase public awareness and support for the Master Plan and provide timely information on our progress to the local community.
• Investigate funding sources to supplement the library’s established capital fund for the project.

For additional information, please contact:
Ann McCarthy - Library Director
Mccarthy@rivervale.bccls.org
201-391-2323
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