Boston Public Library
Mattapan Branch Library



Mattapan Branch Library


Boston Public Library


Boston, MA




20,665 GSF


Designed to LEED Standard


Civic Realm

Located in a predominantly African American neighborhood of Boston, the Mattapan Branch Library follows the Mayor’s initiative to bring important civic buildings to the city’s more diverse neighborhoods. With significant amounts of glass and warm interior spaces filled with natural light, the building creates a strong civic presence that is decidedly open and inviting to the community, reflecting our beliefs in the library as a fundamentally democratic place. This project features up-to-date library facilities, an open reading room, and an outdoor courtyard which merges the indoor and outdoor experiences of the library.

Awards + Recognition

2012 National AIA/HUD Secretary's Community-Informed Design Award

2012 AIA New England Design Excellence Honor Award

2012 BSA Interior Architecture/Interior Design Award

2012 IIDA/ALA Library Interior Design Honorable Mention

2011 National AIA/ALA Library Building Excellence Award

2010 American Libraries Magazine Library Design Showcase

2010 BSA Design Excellence Citation

Project Consultants

Structural Engineer | LeMessurier Consultants, Inc.

Mechanical / Electrical Engineer | Cosentini Associates, Inc.

Civil Engineer | H.W. Moore Associates, Inc.

Landscape Architect | Richard Burck Associates, Inc.

Interior Design | Lab [3.2] Architecture

Lighting Consultant | Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design

Acoustical Engineer | Acentech

Photographer | Robert Benson