After successful completion of the Grant’s View Library in 2015, Christner worked with the St. Louis County Library District to design a new replacement Mid-County Branch Library located in the heart of Clayton. The new library replaces an outdated, inwardly-focused structure with limited functionality and costly maintenance. The building is designed with an outward focus that engages with the street and surrounding community. This branch is popular with workers from nearby businesses as well as residents in the surrounding area.
Library Planning Consultant
Bostwick Design Partnership
Embracing the ‘public’ in public library, the new Mid-County branch library connects the community to library activities within and users with resource destinations surrounding a central circulation and reading room. In addition to regular library services, the new facility also includes amenities such as an enhanced children’s area, updated community room, two private study rooms, a vending area, and a full-scale business center.
The building was designed to be welcoming and bright with large clerestory windows and skylights. Recessed lighting, abundant natural light and sophisticated colors offer a modern and cheerful environment for visitors, patrons and staff. A parking garage on the lower level provides full enclosure with controlled access.