Dartmouth Public Library
North Branch Library

Dartmouth, ma

Completion 2020 (estimated)


In late 2015, Oudens Ello began working with the Town of Dartmouth, MA on a new branch library intended to replace an existing branch library slated for demolition as part of a pending state road re-routing project. The single-story, 15,000 SF facility is intended to serve a growing population north of Route 6, a busy commercial artery running through town. The Town will be pursuing a 2017 MBLC construction grant and work on the conceptual design will be nearing completion by the beginning of summer 2016. The site and design for the new library reflect the Town’s agrarian underpinnings as well as the its commitment to sustainability. Set back from the road and sitting on a slight rise in the land, the building is situated between a meadow (facing the road) and a large tract of woodland with many old growth trees and native species. The adult, young adult and children’s wings are all oriented towards the woodland and are organized in such a way as to form a reading garden linked to the adjacent elementary school and assisted living facility by way of new garden pathways.  the project’s green features will include rain gardens, permeable paving, a super insulated building envelope, variable refrigerant flow (VRF) HVAC systems and a 63,000 kWh photovoltaic array generating close to 35% of the building’s annual electrical load.