Hummelstown Community Library

Hummelstown Community Library

  • Owner: Dauphin County Library System
  • Size: 12,000 SF
  • Cost: $3,300,000
  • Completion Date: 2010

The site of a historic hotel that had been destroyed in a fire was selected to house a new community library in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania. Even though the hotel had to be demolished, the design of the library façade references the original both in massing and materiality.

The children’s section is housed in an “addition” that emerges from behind the brick façade. The dichotomy between old and new is reinforced by a change in material, structure and program. Clad in board and batten siding, the addition has an exposed heavy timber ceiling and timber trusses. The wide expanse of windows is shaded by a deep overhang. Amphitheater seating surrounds a play area complete with a child scaled train. The children’s section also has direct access to an outdoor story garden nestled behind the entry plaza.

With parking in the rear lot, patrons walk up a covered ramp, which overlooks the children’s reading area, and enter at the gap between old and new. The grand stair and elevator lobby is accessed off of the entry vestibule. This allows the library to lock off the main floor so the community can use the second floor conference room after hours. The second floor community room overlooks the green roof of the children’s wing below.