Albany Public Library


Albany Public Library


CSArch provided design services to renovate three branches of the Albany Public Library. Each space is modern and inviting, while still respecting the historical integrity of the building.

Delaware Avenue

Originally a funeral home of more than 40 years, this urban-based building was transformed into a modern-day library. A new wheelchair lift provides handicap access to the second floor office areas. New windows and skylights were incorporated to provide more natural light throughout.


John A. Howe

A landmark in Albany's South End neighborhood, this renovation project modernized the library without compromising the original architectural style. 

Pine Hills

Since 1990, this library has occupied the first floor of a 1928 building. Reclaimed leased space on the second floor double the size of the existing facility and transformed the branch into a modern-day library with new technological sources.


Project Scope

All three library branches underwent major renovations to create an inviting atmosphere for the public. Each branch includes separate areas for various age groups, small tutoring rooms, and wheelchair accessibility. 

At the John A. Howe and Pine Hills branches, CSArch preserved the historic elements of both buildings while modernizing the spaces to enhance the user experience and improve organization. 

The need to incorporate modern HVAC units at the John A. Howe branch was challenged by a lack of overhead space. This was overcome by removing, replacing, and lowering ceilings, as well as placing HVAC units on the roof. 


Albany, NY

Completion Date



Delaware Avenue, Outstanding Public Library Award, 2010, New York Library Association

John A. Howe, Merit Award, 2010 Design Awards for Historic Preservation & Adaptive Re-use, American Institute of Architects Eastern NY Chapter

John A. Howe, Merit Award, 2010 Preservation Awards, Historic Albany Foundation

Pine Hills, Merit Award, 2010 Design Awards for Preservation & Adaptive Re-use, American Institute of Architects, Eastern NY Chapter


Library Space, Safety and Infrastructure, Historic Preservation

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  • Albany

    40 Beaver Street
    Albany, New York 12207

    ph 518.463.8068

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    19 Front Street
    Newburgh, New York 12550

    ph 845.561.3179


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