San Leandro Washington Manor Branch Library
1241 Manor Boulevard, San Leandro, CA 94579
The new San Leandro Washington Manor Branch Library is a study of light and space. Windows along the street both define and blur the edge of the building, admitting
reader-friendly light while preventing glare and heat gain. Bold and elegant details connect wood, steel, and concrete in a robust and dynamic, yet surprisingly delicate structural system. At night the library becomes a glowing beacon, inviting the community in for events, conversation, or even just a comfortable chair and a good book.
Intuitive wayfinding and express-checkout stations enable customers to get in and out of the library quickly, while attractive displays and comfortable seating areas tempt them to linger. The program room doubles as overflow computer lab and study space. The circulation desk and the staff work room have excellent visibility of public areas as well as a streamlined flow of materials from the drops to the shelves.
Honor Award - AIA San Mateo County Chapter
California State Library grant-funded
Photos by Cesar Rubio