The Expanded Chapel Hill Public Library

The Library expansion has increased the building’s public space by close to 60% and will revitalize the Chapel Hill Public Library for its many upcoming years of service.

The Chapel Hill Public Library is located within Pritchard Park, a 32-acre hilly, wooded public park with nature and walking trails.  The original 27,000 square foot Chapel Hill Public Library was built in 1994 in the northeast section of the Park.

The Library is the busiest public library per capita in North Carolina.  Before the expansion of the Library, it was serving approximately 375,000 people annually with an average of 1,085 visitors per day.  The expanded Library had an immediate 20-30% increase in users and circulation over these previous figures.

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Overlook of the Expanded Library

The renovation and expansion of the Chapel Hill Public Library building was completed in early 2013.  There is a total of 62,000 sq. feet of WiFi-enabled space, including a 5,200 sq. ft. Conference Center.

The new expanded Library offers:

  • space for community meetings and public programs in the Conference Center
  • a stunning Main Reading Room with inspirational views
  • an enhanced Children’s Library with a separate Program Room
  • a new Teen Library designed for collaborative learning
  • a Computer Lab for high tech group instruction
  • state of the art technologies, including more mobile technology
  • a high performance Digital Media Lab
  • greater access to electronic information resources and e-books
  • more print and non-print materials for borrowing.

The Chapel Hill Public Library is a civic landmark in a Town known for investing in education, learning and discovery.  Located in Pritchard Park, the Library features outdoor terraces, connects to walking trails, and an art garden.  The Library has become a premiere community destination and a lively gathering place.

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