Site Location
14401 Green Elm Lane
Raleigh, NC  27614


This regional library, located in the Wakefield community, serves northeastern Wake County.
The facility features a central entry with wings for adult reading and children's programs extending on either side. The steep ridges, rolling hills and a nearby stream influenced the design of the building. Its configuration and small footprint stems from the existing topography of the site. A skylight that bridges the adult and children’s wings and the non-linear form of the building mimic the flow of the stream on the site. Primary reading areas take advantage of views down to the stream and in spaces oriented with northern light exposure. Community rooms and meeting spaces incorporated in the design help transform the library into a community center. Durable, long-lasting materials, solar design, high-performance lighting and energy-efficient design provide a sustainable facility.


Site Acreage:​ 9.2 acres
Parking: 125 spaces
Building Area: 22,000 SF
Collection Size: 125,000–200,000
Projected Circulation: ​500,000–1.2 Million
Programs Offered: ​Youth programs, adult programs, public meeting space, quiet study areas, public PCs, WiFi, adult and youth collections (books and audio books), reference, book reservation and self-checkout
Architect: ​Little Diversified Architectural Collaborative
Contractor: ​J.M. Thompson Company
Construction Budget: ​$6.4 million (estimated)
Projected Opening: ​Spring 2016
Current Phase: ​Open to Public

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