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HCLS East Columbia Branch Library Interior Renovation

Columbia, Maryland


Howard County Library


30,000 sf



A major part of the renovation was expanding spaces for students. The East Columbia Library offers a teen center that includes a science lab, virtual reality studio, homework club classroom, and teen-time classroom. There is also a student design center that is equipped with work counters and supplies for students to collaborate on assignments and projects.

The existing 1980's library architecture had great bones which made this library a perfect candidate for renovation. With natural light already pouring into the library, the focus was on space reorganization, updated finishes, new light fixtures, modular furnishings and paint throughout. The new library includes a virtual reality studio and high-tech classrooms, as well as a new customer service desk and a robust zone for public access computers.

Displaying a mastery of design, G+P produces quality, delivering practical buildings focused on state-of-the-art education. Their creations become the object of immense community pride.

President + CEO, Howard County Library System

Closing Thoughts

This library is a hub of social activity for the community.