Memphis/Shelby County Public Library

Envisioned as an “information town hall” rather than a traditional depository for books and archives, the Memphis/Shelby County Library is designed to function as a public Internet café, gathering place and community center. Open floor plans accommodate changing technologies and provide maximum efficiency for future needs. Collections, reading rooms and services with the highest traffic are located on the first floor.  Research-oriented functions and archives are located on upper floors.

Additional Information

LOCATION:  12-acre urban site in Memphis, Tennessee

CLIENT:  Memphis/Shelby County Public Library, City of Memphis and Shelby County Government

SIZE:  5 stories, 330,000 square feet

LRK SERVICES:  architecture, interior design (in association with Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott)


Buildings New Construction Awards

  • Winner - Public/Government Category

National Commercial Builders Council Awards of Excellence

  • Grand Award

Building Better Communities Awards

  • Finalist

Gale Cengage Beautiful Library Competition

  • Best in Show



Architectural Record

American Libraries

At Home

Southern Women

Tennessee Construction Review

Commercial Builder

Indian Design & Interiors

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