Forsyth County Central Library

“We are excited to finally being providing a 21st-century building, which will serve as a civic space encompassing the role of a public library, community living room, and a cultural center.”

— Sylvia Sprinkle-Hamlin, director of Forsyth County Library

The three-story, 103,000 SF renovation and addition to the existing Forsyth County Central Library in North Carolina transformed the facility into a technology-rich research and learning environment. Featuring a variety of audiovisual-intensive spaces, the building offers community and staff members state-of-the-art technologies, including wired and wireless network access, visual presentation, distance learning, collaboration, media capture, streaming, and digital archiving.

A divisible 350-seat auditorium with an upgraded presentation system includes video capture/web streaming capabilities and a space to practice and record audiovisual presentations. The facility’s “North Carolina Room” features a collection of documents and information about the state, including local research. The space acts a research room and houses a digital microfilm reader.

As the most modern library in the state upon completing renovations, the facility also features a maker space with a 3D printer and sewing machine, various meeting rooms with monitors and videoconferencing capabilities, a 40-seat meeting and event space that boasts cinema-style viewing and a surround sound system, an audio production room with sound recording software, a 20-seat computer literacy training lab, 90 computers for public access, and a teen zone with flexible seating, computer area, and video game lounge.


Winston-Salem, NC


RATIO Design


Key Facts

  • 103,000 GSF
  • Budget $28M


Featured Library, Library Design Showcase, American Libraries Association, 2018