Client City of Council Bluffs

Council Bluffs Public Library

Council Bluffs, Iowa

This 67,500-SF library replaces a Carnegie-style library built in 1905 and triples the amount of space. The site includes a public plaza area and parking for 50 cars. The library is designed as an environmentally-friendly Prairie-style pavilion in a landscaped park. The open, flexible floor plan accommodates changing technology and maximizes staffing efficiency. User appeal and comfort are emphasized with a dramatic, vaulted two-story central space and playful children's area. A variety of study spaces feature natural light and are linked by a trussed-roof, with a daylit clerestory. Varied lighting and furnishings are used, as are highly visible assistance points for patrons.

At a glance

67,500 SF

Two Stories

Central Atrium


Youth Design Award
American Institute of Architects, Nebraska Chapter

Prairie-Style Design



Architectural Design

Engineering: Mechanical, Electrical, Structural

Interior Design

"The Director of the Des Moines Public Library ... came up to me and said, ‘Barb, I want two of these [buildings]!'  I told him that I was sure LEO A DALY would help him design them!!  The design of this building will look good forever."