Carnegie-Stout Public Library


Carnegie-Stout Public Library

Welcome citizens of Dubuque to your live Spark Session! Over the past few weeks team members from FEH Design, Library Staff, Library Board members, and the community have been working behind the scenes to facilitate this interactive experience.

The Goals for Success were created to guide design decisions and help evaluate design outcomes for the library project.

Scroll down and review the designs that have been created by team members from FEH Design with the input and guidance of the community.


A Library that…

  • Is welcoming to all and serves the needs of all, especially teens and underserved populations.
  • Is efficiently and functionally organized for staff, service, programming, patrons, and a curated collection.
  • Utilizes all existing and future spaces to the full extent of their capabilities with flexibility and multipurpose use in mind.
  • Maintains and respects the historic character of the building.
  • Allows for all types of uses, quiet and loud, without causing disruptions from one to another.
  • Is timeless in its design and use of low maintenance materials, finishes, furniture, and equipment.
  • Has updated infrastructure to support new and future technologies and building systems.
  • Creates awareness, enthusiasm, attracts more users and increases use.


A process that…


  • Develops and evaluates a variety of solutions.
  • Gathers, considers, and utilizes input from staff, patrons, public, and planners.
  • Builds upon partnerships with local and regional organizations.
  • Identifies a long-term vision and prioritizes short-term steps that are implementable and fundable.

Spark sketches

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