The new approximately 14,500 s.f. ground-up East Asheville Library will replace the current, approximately 3200 s.f. at the library’s current location. Intended as a community gathering space, the new library includes a large multipurpose meeting room, a café, a children’s activity area, small group study rooms, and a Friends of the Library work-sales space in addition to a large traditional reading room and sizeable children’s and young adults’ collections areas. Located in a mixed-use residential-commercial zone, the building’s exterior design takes cues from its residential neighbors in scale and materials, while expressing the library’s distinct and important role in the community. Large areas of glazing and high ceilings flood the interior with natural light, while natural stone, engineered wood siding, and fiber cement panels give the exterior a warm, rustically modern quality.