Intimate gathering and work spaces with a variety of relaxed seating and table options. A corner lounge area features high-back chairs to muffle noise while offering informal work and discussion space in a personal setting.
An enclosed multi-use conference center with mobile furniture to support the library’s vision of providing technology training.
As libraries in general are becoming more collaborative community hubs, their traditional role as a quiet oasis for independent work and reflection has waned. The basement area was a perfect place for a designated quiet zone.

Lebanon Public Library Technology Center

Lebanon, OH

Project Description

Back in 1988, SHP designed a large addition to the Lebanon Public Library that increased the size of their Carnegie library by five times while maintaining the architectural integrity of the original building. More than 25 years later, SHP was back to transform the library’s unfinished basement into a state-of-the-art technology center. The 2,550sf renovated space serves as a learning zone, collaborative space and quiet area. The project also included the expansion of an existing children’s storytime area.

Year Completed


Project Features

  • Individual training spaces. The center’s main reference desk offers a lower level where library staff can hold one-on-one sessions with patrons to teach them how to access library materials on an electronic reader such as an iPad or Kindle.
  • Large moveable glass partitions on the conference center walls provide transparency throughout the space. When meetings are not taking place the glass doors are opened and the room functions as a study or workspace.
  • Film peel-and-stick art installations applied to the glass surfaces serve as a visual cue and safety feature for library users, to distinguish where the glass is.
  • An exterior brick color is applied to the interior palette to preserve the historic nature of the building.

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