Cambria County Library is excited to announce the groundbreaking of a major outdoor project that will introduce a new, vibrant look for the exterior of the library. The project features an expansive patio, water feature, and a large-scale mural that will span the length of the library on the two sides facing Main Street and Walnut Street. This exterior enhancement is the first major upgrade to the building’s façade since the addition of the third floor in the early 1980s.

The outdoor project is expected to cost $250,000, with a majority of the funds provided by an anonymous gift to the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies. The project was inspired by Johnstown and Cambria County’s rebranding efforts to emphasize the outdoor recreation and art in the region, and coincides with the city’s Main Street revitalization project. The completed patio will provide an alternate space for library users to access free Wi-Fi, seating, and participate in a wide range of programs and events.

The library is partnering with Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center to create an original mural that will feature a collection of book titles representing a variety of genres and interests. Printed survey forms are also available at the library. A series of community painting days will be scheduled, offering an opportunity to participate in the mural’s completion.

The public is invited to vote on the titles that will be featured in the final artwork through a survey, available until November 20. More information about the Mural can be found on our Mural page.