Library! at Bown Crossing


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Project Timeline & Budget

The City celebrated a groundbreaking for the long-awaited Library! at Bown Crossing on October 28, 2015.  We expect to open the new facility in late 2016.  The project budget is $8.625 million, with $7.625 million coming from the City's capital contingency fund and $1 million provided by the Library's Friends group and the Library Foundation.  

Designs & Schematics

The design, services and features of our newest branch were shaped by the Boise community.  In 2010, preliminary designs and proposed features and services were made available for public comment online and in-person at meetings, open houses, and the Main Library, from mid-March through the end of April.   

Those comments were incorporated into design development when further funding became available in late 2014.  In May 2015, the refined designs were offered to the public again via two design review open houses and online through the Library’s website.  Again, comments were forwarded to the architects and to the Bown Crossing project team for consideration.  

Bown Crossing Branch Features & Services

Located in southeast Boise between East Parkcenter Boulevard and East Boise Avenue, the Library! at Bown Crossing will act as a community center, welcoming and integrating southeast Boise neighborhoods and businesses. The full-service library will provide a welcoming, light-filled environment, with computer and Internet access, lots of books, movies and music, spaces for study, meetings and relaxing, and special programs for all ages.    

Public Service Features

  • 13,000 square feet of public space
  • 35,000-45,000 books, DVDs, audiobooks, movies, music
  • 28 PCs and 12 mobile devices with Internet access for public use  
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Comfortable chairs for relaxing, as well as table seating
  • Open 6 days a week, totaling 50 hours
  • Self-service checkout
  • Print/copy/scan center
  • Library programs for all ages, including:
  • Baby, preschool & toddler storytimes
  • School-age & teen programs
  • Computer and technology help 
  • Book clubs & other special programs 

Special Spaces

  • Reading room with fireplace for reading & socializing
  • Two group study rooms, seating four
  • Fun, specially designed areas for children and teens 
  • Quiet areas with comfortable seating
  • Audio-visual equipped multi-purpose room seating 90, with external access during hours the library is closed.  Includes access to kitchen facilities and restroom.
  • Smaller audio-visual equipped meeting room, seating 12, also with external access. 

Sustainable Design

  • Maximized daylighting, with glass-curtain wall 
  • Sustainable features for efficient use of energy and water
  • Constructed of recycled and local materials
  • The City is targeting a minimum of a silver LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. 
  • Water-wise landscaping using drought-tolerant and native plants 
  • Environmentally-friendly stormwater management

Architects:  FFA Architecture & Interiors, Inc.

  • Troy Ainsworth, Principal 
  • Karl Refi, Architectural Designer
  • Brenda Katz, Interior Designer
  • Ian Gelbrich, Project Architect

Contractor:  CM Company, Inc.

  • Anna Ellis 
  • David Moe 
  • Brian Leisten 
  • Bruce Steinwinter
Contact Us

Phone: (208) 972-8200
Telecirc: (208) 384-4450
TTY: 1-800-377-3529

Director: Kevin Booe

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