This new 16,000 square foot public library branch opened fall of 2009. It is Albany’s first architectural project seeking LEED Certification. This responsible design effectively utilized an existing building shell and brought new life to a vacant building and lot. It incorporates energy efficient lighting and mechanical systems as well as interior finishes that were selected to minimize negative impact on indoor air quality. Key features of the design are an audio/video area, computer lab, general collection area, and children’s space. A coffee shop and display wall for community art were also incorporated to give more opportunity for public interaction.