The Basalt Regional Library was completed in December of 2009. It is 21,000 square feet in size. The main stacks and reading room are flanked to the east by the children's library and teen area and to the west by staff offices, technical services and building mechanical space. The main entrance lobby serves as an airlock and informal gathering space. The lobby also provides access to a large community room that is used for public meetings, conferences and performances.
The library was designed by A4 Architects, of Carbondale, in association with OZ Architecture of Denver. A4 Architects provided building design, project specifications and construction administration, while OZ Architecture prepared the construction documents and provided interior design services.
The building was awarded LEED Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green-building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. In order to achieve LEED certification the design team focused on energy efficiency, renewable energy, indoor air quality and the use of renewable materials.
The building's highly efficient walls and roofs minimize heat loss while maximizing natural daylighting. The roof-mounted, 76 kilowatt photovoltaic system provides more than 80% of the building's electrical needs. A high-efficiency mechanical system, which utilizes an under-floor air distribution system, assures patron and staff comfort. Building ventilation is controlled by CO2 sensors that adjust airflow based on the number of people in the building. All finishes and materials within the building meet strict VOC criteria to assure healthy indoor air quality. The aspen wood interior planking, the exterior ipe siding and the exterior wall framing come from sustainably managed forests and meet Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) chain pf custody certification standards. The copper siding was locally fabricated from pre-patinated (chemically treated) roll copper. The patina is similar to that which could be expected in a more coastal (corrosive) environment—but it's not a finish we could ever expect to naturally achieve here.
The adult library is approximately 14,000 square feet and contains the adult fiction and non-fiction books, adult graphic novels, large print volumes, audiobooks, DVDs, music CDs, periodicals, and newspapers. Digital collections for patrons to access in the library or remotely, include eBooks, digital periodicals, and e-audiobooks.
The library's reference section, business center and patron services desks are located in the adult library, as well as the adult and young adult Spanish-language collections. Fifteen Internet-accessible public computers, a printer/copier/scanner, five online catalogs, three self-checkout machines, study rooms, and comfortable reading/work areas, including seating around the fireplace, are located in the adult library. Free wireless access is available throughout the library.
Youth Services Library
The youth services library is approximately 6,000 square feet and houses the children and young adult book, audio, DVD, and music collections. The Spanish-language collection for children and the storytime room (Tree House) can also be found in the youth services library. Three early learning systems are available to toddlers and preschool children, while nine computers are available for children and five computers are available for young adults. The youth services library also has two self-checkout machines, as well as two online catalogs, plus a children's restroom.
Staff Work Area
The staff work area is approximately 7,000 square feet and houses library staff offices, a staff break room, the library's cataloging department, staff bathrooms, and storage areas.
Friends of the Library have a bookstore off the main lobby, staffed by volunteers.
The Community Room and the Conference Room are used for library-sponsored programs including films, concerts, author visits, and classes. Both rooms are available for a fee, for non-profit organizations.