Little library on the prairie
High Prairie Branch Library
The 6,000 square foot, High Prairie Branch Library is a community center and information hub for all of Eastern El Paso County. As one of 14 libraries in the Pikes Peak Library District, the High Prairie Branch serves eight local communities. The library houses a large meeting room, children’s area, teen space, computer stations, quiet reading zone, study room, and a generous front porch with views to Pikes Peak.
The High Prairie Branch Library is located 15 miles east of Colorado Springs, in Falcon, CO. The region has a strong history of ranching and agriculture and sits adjacent to a historic bridge for the Chicago and Rock Island Railroad.
To honor this history, the library form is based on a classic monitor barn featuring a high bay of clerestory windows. The structure of the library is a prefabricated steel system often used for modern barns.
In addition to natural light, the library is designed to encourage the use of natural ventilation. A 40-50% reduction in energy use is accomplished by means of a geothermal heating and cooling system.
This library connects to Falcon’s history and its unique place on the prairie.