Upper Dublin Library

Project Summary

Upper Dublin Library in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania serves a resident population of +26,000.

Originally built in 1987, this 56,000 square foot, twostory building served as corporate headquarters prior to being purchased by the township in 2017 with the goal of relocating the then 15,000-square-foot library to this larger structure.

Empty for more than a year, the 30-year-old building was envisioned to have meeting rooms, comfortable furnishings, outdoor spaces and a café – in addition to housing the library’s more than 110,000 materials – all with the intention of encouraging people to spend time, rather than simply running in to grab a book.


Partnering with architectural and engineering firms, CM3 served as the general contractor and project manager, as well as the HVAC and Building Controls provider, to deliver a comprehensive interior renovation project.

  • Lighting Renovation
  • HVAC Replacement
  • Building Controls System
  • Kitchen / Café Addition
  • Bathroom Renovation
  • Auditorium / Theatre Addition
  • Architectural Changes
  • Floorplan Reconfiguration
  • Interior Remodeling
  • Fire Sprinkler System Installation
  • ADA Compliance

Community Benefits

The $7.9 million renovation enabled the library to significantly expand the services it offered to the Upper Dublin community including:

  • Expanded and browse-able book and media collections.
  • Flexible learning spaces, well-equipped for quiet individual use, group collaboration, meetings and events.
  • A children’s library, with developmentally-appropriate spaces, collections and programs designed to inspire a love of reading and learning.
  • Expanded classes, lectures, performances, book groups and other opportunities for lifelong learners.
  • Improved and enhanced STEAM Lab (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) for engaging in the Maker movement and building 21st century skills.
  • Powerful virtual connections with a computer lab and robust Wi-Fi throughout the facility.
  • 240-seat auditorium available for lectures, musical performances, civic functions, business meetings, seminars and conferences.
  • A café and additional meeting spaces, also available for various public uses and events.