Shelby County Central Library Building and Information Center

Architectural acoustics, audio-visual systems, security, and voice and data communications systems for a central library building supporting multiple regional Shelby County libraries.


Room acoustics and sound isolation, as well as mechanical systems noise control, for a presentation room and public television and radio station.


Audio-visual systems include audio and projection of computer and video in a large meeting room, audio/video infrastructure in a lecture hall, two zone (public/staff) building paging, audio for the children’s puppet theatre, audio for various conference and meeting rooms, and coordination of infrastructure for the public radio and television studios.


Communications systems including voice, data and video distribution, local area network topology, main communications equipment room, intermediate distribution rooms, pathways and cable support infrastructure, fiber optic and copper structured cabling systems, wide area network connectivity, an integrated telephony system, and ancillary equipment.


Electronic article surveillance, video surveillance, intrusion detection, card access, and intercom systems. Security posts were placed in strategic positions throughout the building for convenient control and monitoring of both staff and patrons of the facility.


The library is the 2007 recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service awarded by the federal Institute for Museum and Library Services. It also received the 2003 New Construction Award in the Public/Government category from Interiors and Sources magazine.

Project Data
Memphis, Tennessee 335,000 square feet Acoustics, Audio-Visual, Communications, Security LRK Inc.

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