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Newbern Library

  • Overview


    Newbern, AL
    5th Year Project

  • Awards & Media

    Behind the Lens: The Town that Had No Library
    Governing | Web | February 2018

    Alabama Architecture Students Convert Historic Bank into Library for Rural Town
    Dezeen | Web | December 13, 2017

    Newbern Library by Rural Studio
    Architectural Record | Web & Magazine | July 2, 2017

    Pig Roast and Newbern Library Project Opening
    StudioAPLA | Web | Summer Issue 2015

    Auburn’s Rural Studio Students Reveal Newbern Library | Web | May 2, 2015

  • Project Team

    Morgan Acino, Ashley Clark, Stephen Durham, Will Gregory

A group of dedicated community leaders approached Rural Studio about building a small library in downtown Newbern. Within the town’s rural context, they hoped that the library could become a social center, providing such resources as after-school programming, computer access, and the first public internet point in the community. The Old Bank Building, part of Newbern’s historic downtown, was donated by a local family to house the new library.

The Bank Building was renovated and expanded in order to accommodate its new function as a library. A small outdoor space along the north of the building offers library patrons an outdoor reading space. The white brick exterior of the Bank Building remains in-tact to preserve the memories of the historic Bank Building, while the interior of the building provides opportunities to learn about the town’s history and heritage.
Designed to become a resource-rich social center, but also to preserve memories
First public internet point in the community
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