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Tour: Cleveland Park Library

Since 1953, the Cleveland Park Public Library has served the community of Cleveland Park in a building that became outdated and inefficient. Perkins Eastman DC designed a new 27,000-square-foot facility with modern space for children’s and adult collections. The new building is larger and more flexible with meeting rooms, conference facilities, and study spaces that connects the community inside and out.

Completed in 2018, the design embraces the neighborhood. The library features spaces of various size and character to meet the needs of a broad and multicultural demographic of users. Spaces for quiet study, noisy play, social interaction, and meditation can all be found in the library. Whether cubbies, benches, balconies, rooms for individuals or for large groups, the library provides a wide variety of usable program space above and beyond its collection.

The outdoor garden blends into the boisterous and active Children’s Collection through the form of a colorful tree-shaped book bin and seating element. An iconic fixture, the blue cat sculpture sits at the entry to the Children’s Collection, keeping an eye on the neighborhood. On their way to story time, children can pet the cat, just as in the original building.

Presented by: Matthew Bell, FAIA, Matthew Miller, RA and Emily Pasqual NCIDQ of Perkins Eastman DC

Organized by: Perkins Eastman DC and Cleveland Park Library


At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the impact of modernizing a multi-functional library that serves the surrounding community;
  • Explore the benefits of integrating indoor and outdoor learning spaces;
  • Discuss the advantages of expanding the children’s spaces; and
  • Explore features contributing to the library’s multi-purpose functions designed for quiet study, noisy play, social interaction, and meditation.

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