Otis Library | Norwich, CT
Buchanan Architects, LLC
90 Crown Street, New Haven CT, 06510
Tel: (203) 787-4896 Fax: (203) 787-2660
The Otis Library originally occupied the basement and ground floor of a former department store in downtown Norwich. They also owned two adjacent buildings and, for this development, took over both floors of all three buildings, doubling in size to 40,00& square feet.
The major design elements include a day-lit two-story atrium which provides clear view to all public areas of the library, and a new street facade which ties together the three original building and enhances the downtown streetscape.
Ground floor facilities include the main reading room, reference library, young adult department, and a combination media library and cafeterial.
A greatly-expanded children's library occupies the second floor, along with an auditorium, comference center, and administrative offices. The project was financed by a combination of state urban-development funds, city funds, a portion of the library endowment, and private fund raising. It was completed in late 2005.