A Civic Campus anchor
Holmen, Wisconsin, is a fast-growing community and had long since outgrown its existing public library. With a high concentration of homes and families in the area, the community was in need of a hallmark public facility that encourages socialization in the context of learning.
The library site is based on an MSA 2011 site selection study and a follow-up site development master plan. To make this project possible, the Village acquired key properties and buildings were demolished.
Enhancing community identity
The new library is the latest phase of the Village’s efforts to create a “sense of place” and singular identity for the community. The campus overlooks Halfway Creek with walking paths to interconnect the Village, beautiful landscape areas, stormwater infrastructure, public open grass space, and new Holmen Police Station.
A central entry and lobby with circulation desk allows for effective supervision of the facility with a small staff, while developing distinct adult, teen & children’s areas with diverse seating spaces.
The library features a gathering and restroom area with community displays and a large sub-dividable meeting room with an adjacent conference room that also subdivides into two small study rooms. The meeting room areas are open to library patrons during regular hours, but can then be isolated to allow for after-hours community usage.
The facility also includes a central librarian work area with the tenant office areas for the Lacrosse County Library System. A partial lower level provides abundant storage areas and space for the facility’s mechanical systems.
The library’s exterior, with its trellis work, will blend in with the park-like Civic Campus. The structure will have materials that are similar to the recently completed and nearby Holmen Police Station, including decorative masonry walls and metal roofing.