The Metropolitan Library System and the City of Oklahoma City hired Architectural Design Group to renovate a 1970s-era library—Southern Oaks Library. The renovation inside the building encompasses over 18,000 square feet and includes 2,000 square feet of additional building area for new private study rooms and reading lounges, as well as improved restroom facilities. The additional reading areas incorporate floor-to-ceiling windows with park views.
Interior finishes are being upgraded using a sophisticated palette of neutrals: warm greys and wood tones with splashes of color in the areas focused on teens and children. New furniture and equipment will be welcome additions. New volumetric lighting fixtures will improve lighting levels in the reading areas, as well as the stacks. Areas dedicated to children and teen areas will be expanded to accommodate more books and more computers. The entire heating and cooling system will be replaced and insulation is being added to make the building much more energy efficient. Upgrades inside and out will bring the building into compliance with existing codes, including the ADA (American with Disabilities Act).
A new canopy and exterior upgrades at the main entrance on the south will replace weathered storefront doors and windows affording better shelter for library visitors and contributin to building energy efficiency. A new brick feature wall is designed to resemble book spines. This attractive element along a major city thoroughfare creates a new neighborhood landmark. Additional parking, a new meandering drive on the north side of the building through Southern Oaks Park and a new exterior drive-up book drop complete the building improvements at the popular public library.