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South Mountain Community LibrarySouth Mountain Community LibraryClosedClosedClosedClosedClosedClosedClosed<div class="ExternalClass35B5FD7F33FC46ED8F25DC02F32BF147">​7050 S. 24th St, 85042​<br></div>Closedsmcl<div class="ExternalClass31A6A73A2773424A9BA6C6C0A8CF03A3"><p>​South Mountain Community Library is one of a just a few libraries in the nation that serves simultaneously as a community college library and a public library.  Students and faculty from South Mountain Community College use library resources and the facilities as their research and information center.  SMCL also serves children, teens, and adults as the 17th branch of the Phoenix Public Library system.  Employees from both organizations staff this unique building and users have access to almost all of the resources that both organizations have to offer.<br></p></div><div class="ExternalClass72D63CD2530F4B749986589F9DB12CF2"><p>​South Mountain Community Library is located on the campus of South Mountain Community College on 24th Street north of Baseline Road.  Please see the ​<a href="" target="_blank">Valley Metro</a> website for public transportation routes serving the library.​<br></p></div><iframe src="!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d3331.575524139218!2d-112.03346728385819!3d33.382146280793435!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x872b0feeca04f6db%3A0xd05b0a5ff135d68!2sSouth%20Mountain%20Community%20Library!5e0!3m2!1sen!2sus!4v1600288979964!5m2!1sen!2sus" width="600" height="450" frameborder="0" style="border:0;" allowfullscreen="" aria-hidden="false" tabindex="0"></iframe><div class="ExternalClass655209B7329D4BEC8B32074B7782BEE2"><p>​<strong>Size</strong>: 50,000 square feet<br><strong>Opened</strong>: September 24, 2011<br><strong>Architect</strong>: richärd + bauer, llc</p><h3>Building Materials</h3><p>38,000 square feet of copper (76,000 pounds)<br>2,850 cubic yards of concrete<br>150,000 pounds of reinforcing steel<br>2,000 tons of aggregate materials<br>665,000 tons of steel<br>35,721 square feet of glass<br>58,000 square feet of cedar walls and ceilings​<br></p></div>



South Mountain Community Library, interiorSouth Mountain Community Library, interior
South Mountain Community Library, exteriorSouth Mountain Community Library, exterior



The Partnership Partnership1<div class="ExternalClassC41EB7AA771B4CA8A461404E8B3243DA"><div>A Partnership Between South Mountain Community College and Phoenix Public Library​.<br></div><div><br></div><div>In Fall of 2002, City of Phoenix Councilman Michael Johnson, and South Mountain Community College President Dr. Ken Atwater conceived of a partnership between South Mountain Community College and the City of Phoenix to create a joint-use library for the community of South Phoenix.  The new library became a reality when the voters of Maricopa County passed the Maricopa County Community College District bond in 2004 and the Phoenix electorate passed the City of Phoenix bond in 2006.</div><div><br></div><div>The planning for the new library began in earnest.  Over the course of the next two years, the leadership of South Mountain Community College and Phoenix Public Library worked together to develop two intergovernmental agreements.  The first, Intergovernmental Agreement between the City of Phoenix, Arizona and Maricopa Community College District for the Construction and Joint Use of a Public Library on the South Mountain Community College Campus, was signed in 2008.  The second, Agreement for the Operation of the Shared Use Community Library Located on the South Mountain Community College Campus at 7050 S. 24th Street, Phoenix, Arizona, between City of Phoenix, for and on behalf of the Phoenix Public Library Department and Maricopa County Community College District, for and on behalf of South Mountain Community College, was signed a year later.</div><div><br></div><div>By the end of 2008, the Phoenix-based architectural firm of richärd + bauer, llc, had been hired to design and build what is now known as the South Mountain Community Library.  In addition, Haydon Building Corporation had been retained in the capacity of Construction Management at Risk for the project.  Ground breaking for the building occurred on December 2, 2009.  While the construction work continued on the building, significant effort began on the development of the specific operations for this new venture.</div><div><br></div><div>These efforts culminated in the "soft" opening of the South Mountain Community Library on Tuesday, August 16, 2011.  The Grand Opening was celebrated on Saturday, September 24, 2011.<br><br></div></div>
The Awards Awards2<div class="ExternalClass476F19F202FA461190FFE69AEE7DB319"><div><ul><li>2013 American Institute of Architects/American Library Assocition, Library Leadership & Management Association Library Building Award</li><li>2012 President's Award - American Society of Landscape Architecture, Arizona Chapter </li><li>2012 North American Copper in Architecture - Copper Development Association Inc.</li><li>2012 Excellence in Design in Education - International Interior Design Association, Southwest Chapter</li><li>2012 Award of Merit in Design in a Public Facility - International Interior Design Association, Southwest Chapter</li><li>Named one of 5 New Landmark Libraries (Academic) by Library Journal in 2012</li><li>2012 North American Copper in Architecture Award - Copper Development Association, Inc.</li><li>2012 Valley Forward Crescordia Award for Environmental Excellence - Buildings and Structures, Civic</li><li>2012 Valley Forward Crescordia Award for Environmental Excellence - Buildings and Structures, Institutional</li><li>2012 Valley Forward Crescordia Award for Environmental Excellence - Art in Public Places​<br></li></ul></div><p><br></p></div>
The Art Art3<div class="ExternalClass0BFAC054764040A0BEEB83DD0EB6EE95"><h4>Public Art</h4><p>A multi-faceted public artwork, "Passage" by Mags Harries and Lajos Héder with poet Alberto Rios, begins with steel letters embedded in concrete in the plaza at the library's west entrance and continues to a shaded pathway that connects the library to the Western Canal Bridge, providing a pedestrian link to the Legacy Village Shopping Center. Speakers set in acoustic chairs in the plaza play recordings of poetry curated by Rios that reflect the community and local landscape. Four tre​llises spanning the path between the library and canal feature cut-out letters that cast poems in shadows along the path. The project was commissioned jointly by the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture Public Art Program and the Maricopa County Community College District.<br></p> <img src="/images/SMCLbaselineBlooms.jpg" class="img-fluid w-25" alt="Baseline Blooms" /> <h4>"Baseline Blooms"</h4><p>"Baseline Blooms" is a collaborative community poem compiled by Arizona poet Alberto Rios. More than 30 community members of all ages submitted a few words, a line, phrase, short memory or observation about South Mountain communities, including Phoenix and Laveen. The poem was presented at the library's one-year anniversary celebration on September 29, 2012.<br></p> </div>











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