North Lake County Public Library
The North Lake County Public Library in Polson, Montana, is housed in a structure that was originally built to contain the library and an independent art gallery. The art gallery has moved to a new facility, and the library is taking advantage of the opportunity to reorganize its collections and work areas as it incorporates the art gallery space. Project goals include providing more public reading areas and more space for library staff activities.
Current plans include relocating the entry to create a protected entrance to a new entry hall that provides after-hours access to the meeting room and toilet rooms. Moving the entry also creates a continuous space to organize the library collections and public reading areas. Plans also include rebuilding the two existing atrium spaces to create a dedicated children’s program space and an adult reading room with views to Flathead Lake and the surrounding mountains. The project is currently in a funding phase, and subsequent design phases and construction will proceed in the near future.