Transylvania County

Main Library

Brevard, NC

Project Type

Civic & Cultural


35,000 Square Feet

Design Services

Architecture, Engineering, Interior Architecture

Well-designed libraries can become the heart of the community. Transylvania library is no exception as it represents the community’s spirit in a new way.

Serving as a vital, trusted source for discovery, inspiration and innovation, the Transylvania County library far exceeds the standards of a traditional library – offering an after-hours community room, an adjacent arboretum and an amphitheater for public performances. Using the county’s “land of waterfalls” slogan as design inspiration, the undulated roof offers a metaphorical response to the region’s many falls while other site features are used to further root the library in its context.



Project Goals

Create a place of learning and community that represents the surrounding historical area




Design driven by the county’s popular “land of water” slogan




Brings a new spirit to the community – so much so, that the library became a destination for a high school prom

Transylvania County Library has far exceeded the standards of a traditional library – features like the community meeting room, public computing facilities, local history room and outdoor amphitheater continue to make our library a civic magnet.
Anna Yount

Former Library Director