Arlington, Massachusetts

Arlington Public Library
Planning and Design Study

Our library and planning study for Arlington Town Libraries considers both the Robbins Library, constructed in 1892 and located in Arlington’s central historic district, and the Fox Library, occupying a converted 1956 storefront building in East Arlington.

The Robbins Library is revitalized with a new teen area, spaces for technology and collaboration, improved patron amenities, and additional group study spaces. A proposed addition provides an accessible entry to a dedicated story-time room and the existing lower-level community room. A new reading room overlooks the Winfield Robbins Memorial Garden, designed by the firm of Frederic Law Olmstead in 1911.

The existing mid-century modern Fox Library is renovated with glass facades connecting interior activities with the surrounding community. Flexible children and adult reading areas on the main level, with community and meeting rooms on the lower level, respond to the neighborhood’s evolving library needs.

Arlington Town Libraries
Project Size
Robbins Library
Renovation | 24,500 GSF
New Construction | 2,500 GSF
Fox Library
Renovation | 13,500 GSF
Public Library, Community Services
Ann Beha Architects, now Annum Architects
Project Team
Philip Chen FAIA, Steven Gerrard AIA, Stacey Woodworth (ABA/Annum); LeMessurier (Structural); AHA Consulting Engineers (MEP); Code Red Consultants (Code); AM Fogarty (Cost)