Bellevue Branch Library

Library of the Future

Project Details

Client: Nashville Public Library

Location: Nashville, TN

Date: January 2015

Size: 25,000 sq ft

Project Collaborators: Hastings Architecture Associates, Messer Construction, Imagen, Lynne Bachleda, Jarvis Signs

Equipment Suppliers: Watchfire, Elo Touch Solutions, Planar, Ideum


Heralded as the future direction of the Nashville Public Library system, the Bellevue Branch Library boasts a relaxed atmosphere, dedicated teen areas, community meeting spaces, exceptional public art, and a cafe area with plenty of plug-in stations for patron devices. Anode collaborated with the architect, contractor and NPL team to help create a branch library that is quickly becoming a destination for families from all over town.

The patron experience begins from the moment visitors enter the parking lot. Three LED message boards built into the brick wall at the entrance invite patrons inside while communicating the library's hours and upcoming events. Working alongside the architect and sign manufacturer, Anode was able to integrate these message centers into the very fabric of the building by emulating the asymmetrical, aesthetic features of the building's brick inlays and window panes.
The surrounding patron community is described as "voracious readers," so Anode worked with the NPL team to create interactive areas for patrons to discover books and media items in the library's collection. Three touchscreens and one touch table give patrons of all ages a dynamic way to discover books, ebooks, audio books and DVDs. Even upcoming library events appear alongside the featured media items to encourage patrons to plan their return trip. To reduce the administrative requirements, all content is automatically pulled from NPL's VuFind system and web-based calendar system.
The youngest of us often have the biggest imaginations. For the Nashville Public Library’s Bellevue Branch, providing those bright imaginations a way to be expressed is paramount. Playing off the library’s existing physical building block space, Anode produced an experience that allows children to add their own story to over a dozen colorful, vibrant settings.

StoryBuilder Interactive

Using common onscreen touch tools, children can turn and manipulate three sets of blocks—all mirroring what is found in the physical area behind them—until they have left their own creative brushstroke on the setting.

Community History Wall

Anode collaborated with local historian F. Lynne Bachleda and the Bellevue History and Genealogy Club to create an interactive history wall titled "The Spirit of a Place" that celebrates the surrounding Bellevue community. From prehistoric mastodon bones to the community's newest neighborhoods, this map-based interactive inspires patrons to learn from the past as they progress towards the future. Behind the scenes, a custom CMS allows staff members to add new points of interests and upload text, images and videos.

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