Green Valley Library

Henderson, NV

Client Cost Stats Date
Las Vegas Clark County Library District $2.2M 20,000 SF 1987

The Green Valley Library symbolizes the optimism, spirit and strong cultural and arts orientation of its growing neighborhood. The building contains an 80,000 volume library, art gallery, sculpture garden, and a community meeting room. Thick exterior walls, narrow recessed windows and deep porches mitigate the effects of the desert sun.

The plan organization was developed by placing the supervising librarian at the circulation desk at the center point of five radii that extend through each major program function. The entry radius begins with a shade pavilion which acts both as a link to the remainder of the 10 acre site and as the first element in the hierarchical entry progression. The Young Peoples’ Library has red dragon beams charging into the story room, where soft clouds, stars and moons hang from the ceiling to prompt imagination at story time.

The bids for the building came in well under budget, allowing for the installation of seven windows by glass artist Ed Carpenter in the rotunda. The interior of this grand space is enlivened with the introduction of color, texture and patterning, ever changing depending on the amount and quality of light entering the building.