Library Planning & Design




Built Libraries


Platinum LEED Carnegie
Historic Library Renovation

Years Experience

More than 90% of our portfolio is public construction. We understand the spectrum of public construction procurement processes.

Extensive Public Building Experience

Our portfolio is a veritable forest of renovations and expansions. 

Unparalleled Sustainable Design

Sensitive Restorations and Expansions

Tappé Architects

All libraries we have completed since 2008 have achieved or exceeded their LEED certification goals. 

Tappé Architects

Future libraries will be characterized by environments configured to support a "community of learners." 

A paradigm shift from a book-centric identity to people-centric environments. 

The Library as a Creative Learning Environment

Successful libraries will embrace this change and reinforce their roles as vibrant institutions in the community. This is Tappé's vision for libraries.

Why Tappé ?

An Experienced Team

Creating new as well as preserving old

At Tappé, we are committed to creating a consistent exemplary body of work, not through an imposed signature style, but by using simple forms and straightforward organization. We design buildings that are reflective of their purpose, clear in their intent and execution and contribute to making memorable places and experiences. 

Tappé stays on the cutting edge of library service initiatives and creates spaces uniquely tuned to individual community expectations and aspirations. 

Performance-Driven Design




Tappé's Library Design Director Jeffrey Hoover is a recognized leader in the industry; he has been a past chair of the Architecture for Public Libraries Committee for the American Library Association and a committee member since 2001. 

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Some of our recent library clients:

"I have heard from many library directors that there is always the anxiety that architects will ignore their needs and concentrate instead on their own creative architectural vision, to the detriment of the project. That was certainly not something we encountered in our experience with Tappé. All of the Tappé architects and designers we worked with on our project were focused very specifically on our needs."

-Debbie Barchi, Director, Barrington Public Library

"Tappé demonstrated superb skill, sensitivity, thoroughness, and design aesthetics in their work...I enthusiastically endorse them for design and programming work for libraries across the spectrum."

-University Librarian, a large state college

Tappé Architects welcomes the opportunity to create your next library masterpiece.

We will deliver the BEST library for your community.

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