Community Revival

Lyons Community Library

Lyons, CO

The story of the new Lyons Community  Library is a tale of community’s revival following the devastating 2013 flood. For many locals, the library represents the heart of town. As the most-visited public building in Lyons outside of the public schools, it serves as a community space where people can gather, socialize and discuss local issues. The new library will be approximately 6,500 SF intended to support the availability of 21st century library services to the Lyons’ community. The former library was housed in the historic Depot that was extensively damaged by the devastating flood in 2014. Since that time the Library has been temporarily operating in a leased storefront of only 1,000 sf.

The community-based design features a welcoming area for patrons to browse for books, a separate teen area and a separate children’s area that includes an outdoor learning courtyard, and a quiet reading room featuring a massive stone fireplace. The library will also include a business center, a digital café and several smaller meetings rooms.

The library was specifically designed in partnership with the Town to include a large community room for hosting Town meetings, musical and theater performances as well as supporting traditional library events such as children’s story time. The library also features a large front porch for welcoming patrons and to facilitate 24/7 access to the library’s resources online.

The Library will be opening fall 2019, check out some in-progress pictures below!