Oxford Branch Library
Client: The Lane Libraries
Location: Oxford, Ohio
  • New 24,000sf two-story branch library.
  • The large children’s area creates an experiential learning environment with custom, interactive exhibits that depicts aspects of life in Oxford.
  • A community room equipped with video display monitors and a presentation AV system provides a very accessible and visible meeting spot for up to 50 people.
  • Several local community assets, including a large globe in the entry tower and canvas murals featured throughout, were integrated into the building’s design.
  • LEED Silver.
Interesting Fact: Housed on the second floor, the 3,490sf Smith Library of Regional History contains historical archives for Butler Country and the City of Oxford. Specialized humidity controls and a dry fire suppression system protect the valued assets.

The Lane Libraries’ Oxford, Ohio branch reflects how people use library spaces today. Limited walls create wide-open spaces and a collaborative environment, while large windows deliver daylight and create a visual connection to the outdoors. Based on community input, SHP’s design also added a reading garden, drive-through lane, dedicated teen area, expanded Smith History library, larger children’s area, and technology-rich environment.

"This modern, airy, light-filled library immediately banishes all thoughts of dour-faced librarians and musty old books. It’s a true reflection of how libraries have evolved to meet the demands of today’s learners and library-goers."
– Jenny Gallow, Senior Interior Designer, SHP