The library is an effective design where the firm makes extensive use of its favorite idiom, the contrast between local limestone and industrial metal roofing. The building's function is proclaimed in large freestanding letters marching across the top of the entrance canopy and the limestone walls of the rear elevation. It follows the sort of lettering that renders the building a “decorated shed” as described in Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour's Learning from Las Vegas (1972). The central spine of the building is marked by a long monitor roof to bring in natural light.
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