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LIBRARY: Orange Cove Library | Orange Cove, CA | Built

Fresno County was the only county in California to receive funding for three libraries through the Library Bond Act of 2000. Paul Halajian was the design Architect for two of those funded: The Mendota Library and Orange Cove Library. The Orange Cove Branch Library was designed to meet the unique needs of this rural agricultural community located at the base of the Sierra Nevada foothills. The new library was programmed to address community growth projections and focus on strong joint ventures with the local school district. In addition to improved access to collections and expanded material selections, services to families and children have improved as a result of the new facility. The Library moved from an outgrown location in a store front to the new prominent site along the proposed Orange Cove “Rails to Trails,” a pedestrian and bicycle trail of approximately 1.25 miles in length that will wind through an abandoned railroad right-of-way which runs through the city. The triangular shaped site that faces the main street in the downtown area drove the plan of the building that resulted in a tall central volume that allows natural light deep into the building through a series of clerestory windows.


(Architect of Record: Taylor Group Architects)


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