ALSC Architects | Moran Prairie Branch Library, Exterior ALSC Architects | Moran Prairie Branch Library, Entry ALSC Architects | Moran Prairie Branch Library, Reading and Checkout ALSC Architects | Moran Prairie Branch Library, Reading and Childrens Area ALSC Architects | Moran Prairie Branch Library, Childrens Area
  • ALSC Architects | Moran Prairie Branch Library, Exterior
  • ALSC Architects | Moran Prairie Branch Library, Entry
  • ALSC Architects | Moran Prairie Branch Library, Reading and Checkout
  • ALSC Architects | Moran Prairie Branch Library, Reading and Childrens Area
  • ALSC Architects | Moran Prairie Branch Library, Childrens Area

Moran Prairie Branch Library

Spokane County Library District
Spokane, WA

This new 8,400 square foot branch library was designed as an exploration of blurring the line between the “marketing” approach of a contemporary bookstore and the “book warehouse” approach of a traditional library. The patron’s experience is enhanced through engaging the senses - bold use of color and dramatic use of natural and artificial light; the touch of warm, textural finishes; the sound of water splashing over native stone; the smell of fresh coffee brewing. Located in a developing suburban neighborhood, the facility was designed to be attractive, warm and welcoming while maintaining the solid, professional image of a library. The latest technology is incorporated, interconnecting patrons with all available media. In addition to reading/browsing areas designed for specific age groups, this new branch provides a community use room to accommodate 100. The site features amenities intended to serve and be accessible to the community. A small community “park” is included, featuring a mini arboretum with a series of trails, informational tree markers and seating areas. An entry plaza acts as an extension of the meeting room and a gathering place for the neighborhood.