Public Library

 

Chatham-Effingham-Liberty Regional Library System

Tybee Island, Georgia

   

Tybee Island has a year-round beach community, and has remained a popular vacation destination for over a century. The branch library sits on a half-acre site which fronts the island’s main avenue and affords ocean views to the east. The site is adjacent to Tybee’s city hall, a brick neo-Georgian structure built in the 1950s. The library’s exterior forms, patterns and materials compliment the city hall’s civic image. To meet flood plain regulations, the library floor is raised 7 feet above grade. The entrance ramp becomes a major design feature, and allows handicapped access. Twin ballcapped piers mark the beginning of the entrance ensemble. Walking on the switchback ramp, patrons enjoy views across Butler Avenue to the ocean. A gabled, natural-light-filled foyer greets them at the top.