FESTUS PUBLIC LIBRARY

Located in a two-story building without an elevator, the Festus Public Library had become too small for their growing community. Bond Architects worked with Festus on the adaptive reuse of a former A&P grocery store into the new Festus Library and procured library furniture from another library project to outfit the larger space within a tight budget. Expanded areas for the young adult and children’s programs and multipurpose rooms make this a community asset. A new dedicated genealogy room features oral history displays and provides a quiet reading room. A cafe area with vending machines and cork floor tiles was added, along with a centralized service desk with an area for passport services, which is a revenue generator for the library. The library has become a popular destination for residents of the area; circulation has doubled since the project was completed, and its Main Street location helped revitalize adjacent small businesses.