COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The Columbus Public Library sits at 100,000 square feet and is the second largest library in Georgia. The building was designed by acclaimed architect Robert A.M. Stern and was completed in 2005.
Public library and architecture professionals judged 10 finalists on their overall design in both form and function and for their interior and exterior styles and sense of timelessness.
"We also wanted to recognize libraries that are, or were, innovative for their time, as well as those whose design reflects and serves their respective communities," said State Librarian, Julie Walker.
Significant architectural features include the Grand Reading room, a dedicated children's story time space, and an outdoor garden. The facility is surpassed by a central 60-foot-diameter lantern, which rises to a height of four stories.
Georgia's most beautiful libraries will be recognized at a ceremony at Mary Willis Library in Washington, GA, April 10 at 2 p.m.
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