The Design Collaborative

Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library

Norfolk Public Library
Norfolk, Virginia

The two-story, 31,000 square foot Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch sets a new standard for library services in Norfolk – a communityoriented facility filled with the latest library technology.

Features include the Teen Zone with 20 computers, big screen TV, activity center and lockers. A large adult computer center with 40 PC’s can remain open after hours. Public meeting rooms seating up to 100 are equipped for teleconferencing and distance learning programs. Four study rooms will accommodate from 2 to 12 people for group study and small meetings.

The 10,000 square foot second floor Children’s Library is an abstract, underwater fantasyland designed to support the Family Place Library programs which advance literacy for parents and children from birth to 10 years old. The Early Childhood Learning Center includes a Program Room, Playscape for toddlers as well as 20 computers and a large book collection.