Creative Partnerships

James R. Keller, AIA is an architect and author whose passion is working with Libraries and Architects to translate ideas into interior and exterior physical space.  Mr. Keller works with Library Boards, Library Professionals and fellow Architects to explore the “why” of each Library and how to successfully serve people through re-imagining access, services, buildings, furnishings and technology.

Mr. Keller is a leader in Planning and Design for Libraries. With librarian Sandra Feinberg he co-authored “Designing Space for Children and Teens in Libraries and Public Places” ALA Editions. As an advocate for the power of design to transform Libraries, Mr. Keller has provided leadership for over 100 new and renovated Libraries on three continents. The evolution of the Library is global in this time of technological and social change. The mission of J R Keller, LLC is to facilitate and assist Libraries and Architects worldwide to realize transformative solutions in the physical environment.


JR KELLLER LLC Experience:

Free Library of Philadelphia, PA
Design for Prototype: Branch Inspiration for Neighborhood Libraries (Four Prototype/Demonstration Projects, Fifty-four Libraries)
New: Digital Library @ George Institute
Consultant for the Free Library: South Philadelphia Library in partnership with The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (VSBA Architects)
Parkway Central Children’s Department – Renovation

Middle Country Public Library
Enhancement Master Plan, including the integration of RFID self-service model, for Centereach Library (with B&A Architects, NY)
Selden Renovation and Expansion (with B&A Architects, NY), Family Place National Training Center (Family Place Libraries™)

Northampton Community College Library, Bethlehem, PA
New Master Plan – 30,000 SF

Parkland Community Library, Allentown, PA
Refurbishment Master Plan – 7,000 SF

Pflugerville Community Library, Pflugerville, TX
Renovation and Expansion (with Piwonka Sturrock Architects, TX)

Rutland Free Library, Rutland, VT
Master Plan 50,000 SF Library (with Providence Associates, AZ)

White Plains Public Library, NY
Renovation of Main Floor – 30,000 SF (with B&A Architects, NY)


Public Library Experience:

Biblioteca de Santiago, Santiago, Chile
Consultant for New 200,000 SF Public Library

Broward County Public Library, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Consultant for Eight Branch Libraries

Children's Public Library, Muscat, Oman
New 50,000 SF Library

Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, MD
Planning - Brooklyn Branch

Free Library of Philadelphia, PA
Renovations of 18 Branch Libraries

Greensburg-Hempfield Area Library, Greensburg, PA
Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study

Horsham Township, Horsham, PA
New 25,000 SF Library

Jacksonville Public Library, FL
Invited Design Competition for New 291,000 Main Library

Lancaster Public Library, Lancaster, PA
Master Plan – Renovation and Expansion

Lexington Public Library, Lexington, KY
Studies of Five Libraries, New Northside and Village Branch Libraries

Library Company of Philadelphia, PA
Planning Studies/Renovation

Lower Merion Township, PA
Renovation and Expansion of Six Libraries

Marion County, Marion County, FL -
New Branch Libraries – Dunnellon and Belleview, 16,000 SF

Mastic Moriches Shirley Public Library, Mastic, NY
Concept Plan - 50,000 SF Library

Middle Country Public Library, Centereach & Selden, NY
Teen Spaces

Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, NY
Nature Explorium

Rockville Regional Library, MD
Planning Studies

Roselle Public Library, Roselle, NJ -
Concept Plan - Renovation and Expansion

San Antonio Public Library, TX
Brook Hollow Library – Renovation and Expansion

Stanislaus County, Modesto, CA
Countywide Master Plan and Renovation Concept Design for Main Library

Partial listing of Public Libraries above as Principal with VITETTA - complete listing available upon request


College and University Libraries:

Drexel University - W.W. Hagerty Memorial Library Philadelphia, PA
Visioning Study and Report

Northampton Community College, Bethlehem, PA
Master Plan

Virginia Commonwealth University Library, Richmond, VA
New Computer Lab

Listing above as Principal with VITETTA


Law Libraries:

Brian Simpson Federal Courthouse, Jacksonville, FL
New Library

Cumberland County Courthouse, Bridgeton, NJ
New Library

Hunterdon County Courthouse, Flemington, NJ
New Library

Jenkins Memorial Law Library, PA

Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse, Las Vegas, NV
New Library

Matthew J. Ryan Executive Office Building, Harrisburg, PA
Historic Restoration/Intervention - Research Library

Pittsburgh Federal Post Office and Courthouse, Pittsburgh, PA
Renovated Library

Potter Stewart Federal Courthouse, Cincinnati, OH
New Library

Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse, Santa Ana, CA
New Library

Wilkie D. Ferguson Jr. United States Federal Courthouse, Miami, FL
New Library

Third Circuit Court of Appeals, Philadelphia, PA
New Library

Listing above as Principal with VITETTA


School Libraries:

New Brunswick School District, New Brunswick, NJ
New Lord Stirling K-8 School and New Brunswick High School

Perth Amboy School District, Perth Amboy, NJ
Six School Libraries - McGinnis, Shull, Flynn, School No. 5, School Nos. 1 & 7, School No. 10

School District of Philadelphia, PA
Audenried Middle School, Little Schoolhouse Prototypes

Partial listing above as Principal with VITETTA

Jim Keller