Lawrence County Public Library
A feasibility study conducted by OPN Architects in 2017 outlined a vision for the future of the Lawrence County Public Library built on the desire of library leadership to include greater innovation by transforming opportunities into reality. The primary goals which emerged during this study were to design a library with a retail centric service model, optimizing staff work spaces, and removing barriers and walls to create a 21st century flexible, participatory library. The new and innovative spaces proposed will offer a dynamic patron- centered place that will allow the library to maintain its service of excellence while enabling it to embrace change. The Feasibility Study provided a foundation for designing a library that is inspirational, collaborative, flexible, and adaptable for future generations within the Lawrence County Community.
Shaped by the goals of clarifying library needs of the library, strategically creating better efficiencies and expansion opportunities, incorporating programming trends into the library design, and establishing a preliminary cost estimate, a preferred concept emerged to provide a framework for the renovation of the Lawrence County Public Library.
The expansion and renovation embraces a contemporary, transformational, warm, and open design to complement the existing architecture and evolving civic/community needs. The project enhances the quality of services to the community, create greater operational efficiencies, transform the institution internally, and embolden services for the youth of Lawrence County.