Riverside Main Library


Spanning across a third of an almost 3-acre mixed-use planned development, the Riverside Main Library is the newest addition to the city’s  Downtown.

+ 40,000 sq. ft.
Riverside, CA
City of Riverside
Johnson Favaro
Interior Design 2022 Library of the Year— Runner Up

Built for a Community

Suspended 36 feet above one of the busiest roads in Downtown Riverside, the new Main Library is the largest of an eight-branch system. Housing inspiring innovation centers, colorful children’s rooms, collaborative meeting spaces, and picturesque reading halls, RML has already positioned itself as a center of education and collaboration that harnesses the power of a diverse community. Down below is an 8,900-sf shaded outdoor plaza left open to accommodate art festivals, concerts, farmers markets, and other community events. A glass-encased community meeting room and a Friends of the Library Bookstore are also located on the ground floor, neighboring the outdoor plaza further placing community engagement on display.


Quality and Craftsmanship

From the very start of the project, it was clear to the construction team that we had a responsibility to bring the vision of the design team to life. The design of the new Main Library building implements a variety of architectural features, utilizing non-uniform shapes and featuring an array of unique finishings. Throughout construction, Icon West and our subcontractors steadily communicated with one another to coordinate and plan the phases of construction properly. Moreover, Icon performed rigorous quality control and quality assurance to ensure the construction was taking place in a manner that would deliver the final product as envisioned, even when this meant stopping the work and starting over again.

Environmentally Friendly

This project meets all CalGreen requirements and is expected to be a leader in energy and environmental design.

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