SJCPL – Main Library Addition and Renovation


South Bend, Indiana


139,000 sf

Completed Date

Fall 2021

The 98,000 SF renovation and 40,500 SF library addition in downtown South Bend is designed to enhance the patron experience and provide additional community education opportunities. All three stories were updated creating more engaging spaces on the main levels.  The relocation of areas and completely updated finishes bring a more intuitive patron experience, state-of-the-art technology, and a welcoming finish aesthetic.

The addition offers more options for community meeting space, educational presentations, a tiered/accessible auditorium, and a third-floor space for the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County.  As the addition connects to the existing library, a courtyard allows for controlled outdoor programming.  The former Studio 304 was a very successful space and has been rebuilt into a larger area offering additional sound booths, maker space, and computer stations.

Proud to partner with Robert A.M. Stern Architects, New York, NY.

The St. Joseph County Public Library Addition and Renovation was featured in Library Journal’s “The Year in Architecture” for the octagonal element in a meeting room representing the LJ Design Trend “Choice but not Chaos.”


  • Enlarged /dedicated Children’s and Teen programming space
  • Tiered Auditorium
  • Community Meeting Rooms
  • Courtyard for outdoor programming

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