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Five Forks Branch library honored for innovative design

With bright, open spaces, an innovative children’s room and a dedicated teen space, the Greenville County Library System’s Five Forks Branch is a far cry from dusty shelves in a historic building – though those libraries certainly have their own brand of charm. And now the facility has been honored by the American Library Association (ALA) in its 2019 Library Design Showcase featuring the year’s most impressive new and renovated libraries.

The Five Forks location, which opened in Simpsonville in March 25, 2018, was one of 13 libraries nationwide that were recognized for “innovative architecture” that meets the needs of the community in “unique, interesting and effective ways,” according to the ALA.

The architecture firm for the project was McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture, LLC, and the general contractor was Melloul-Blamey Construction SC Ltd.

The branch is the second largest Library facility in Greenville County at approximately 28,000 square feet. Since its opening, the facility has welcomed more than 304,600 patrons, and more than 10,000 have signed up for a library card at the location. 

The location’s unique features include a children’s area with multiple centers for active-learning, a secured outside play porch adjacent to the children’s area, a separate space for teens, two drive-up windows—one for check-out of materials previously placed on hold and one for return of materials, an automated materials handler to identify and sort returned items, a quiet room, a public technology area and meeting rooms with audio induction technology to enhance sound quality for those with hearing aids.

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