LYNBROOK PUBLIC LIBRARY, LYNBROOK, NY - The Lynbrook Public Library is a new addition to an existing two story 1929 library structure. Bentel & Bentel were inspired by the original structure while responding to the technical and functional needs of a new library. The challenge was joining the old with the new.
The new building clearly distinguishes itself from the old, while it respectfully repeats the brick colors and does not exceed the heights of the existing building. All connections to the existing building are made with glass in order to differentiate between old and new. The new building repeats the existing motif of the fan arched window in the skylight above the new Children’s Reading Room.
The existing building was renovated to serve large community activities, exhibition, films, and for the local history group. An internal stair connection and new elevator connects the two buildings and make all spaces accessible. The old library wall stacks were retained and electrified to create a community gallery. All of the books were moved to the new addition and are housed in a radial layout for improved stack supervision and a reduced staff. Children and adults have their own sky-lit reading rooms as well as tutoring spaces, computer areas and a quiet room. The staff office now resides in a sky-lit space defined on one side by the restored exterior wall of the former building. The high arched windows add character to the office setting.