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Overlooking the Contoocook River, the Peterborough Town Library is the nation’s oldest tax-supported public library. Its central location confirms its importance as a town resource and gathering place for the entire community.ABA’s project renews and renovates the 1893 building and adds 13,000 square feet for collections, programs, and the arts.

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In its balanced design, the new addition responds to the original structure, with a broad connector accommodating children’s and young adult libraries, general collections, and technical services. The new community meeting wing is balanced with the original structure in a simple, traditional brick and stone massing, articulated with a contemporary masonry and glass façade.

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© Peter Vanderwarker

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Historic finishes in the 1893 building are renewed, and a large, flexible multipurpose room provides a new civic forum with views of the town, river, and Monadnock landscape. New outdoor spaces — gardens, a river terrace, and a long, open reading porch — connect the library with its surroundings, offering new settings for community gatherings.

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© Peter Vanderwarker

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This expansion and revitalization dramatically extends Peterborough’s reach, programs, and services while preserving its history and intimacy.Sustainability: Re-using an existing building reduces the energy- and resource-intensive manufacturing of new materials; energy-efficient hydronic distribution system with high-efficiency HVAC units; zoned areas with daylight and occupancy sensors; low-flush and low-flow fixtures; solar panels on roof that reduce local energy demand; bike racks and five electric car charging docks promote energy-efficient transportation; improved exterior envelope; historic walls have been insulated.Project Team: Ann Beha FAIA, Steven Gerrard AIA, Ashley Merchant AIA (ABA); Becker Structural Engineers (Structural); AHA Consulting Engineers (MEP / FP); Hayner/Swanson (Civil); Richard Burck Associates (Landscape); Wil-Spec, LLC (Specifications); C3 (Code); Harvey Construction (Construction Manager)https://annbeha.com/peterborough-town-library.

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