Koelbel Public Library

The Arapahoe Library District wanted a traditional building to recall the historic character of the Carnegie libraries. At the same time, they recognized libraries are changing, becoming the information and community centers of the future. A combination of brick and stone was chosen for the exterior because of its associative historical qualities as well as its durability. The mix of materials was intended to create the interactive, invigorating atmosphere of an “information supermarket.”

Murals are used in the rotunda, children’s area and grand staircase, giving a sense of timelessness and quality.

Project at a Glance


Littleton, Colorado


Arapahoe Library District


$4.1 Million



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