Ketchikan Municipal Library
Square Footage: 16,250 SF
This prominent building is situated on a 60-foot tall bluff overlooking downtown Ketchikan and is the longest continuously operated library in Alaska, reflecting the community’s value of lifelong learning. The library’s design recalls the canneries, lumber mills, and Native American longhouses of the city’s past. Large windows allow light to brighten the interiors while creating stunning views of the surrounding wilderness. Cozy fireplace reading areas create a true gathering place for the community to relax and combat cabin fever. Two study rooms are heavily trafficked continuing the library’s mission of life-long learning. The library uses regional materials and incorporates a number of sustainable features including building systems to accommodate an average annual rainfall of 152 inches. Since its opening, the library has issued 220% more new cards and is averaging more than 2,000 visitors a week.