OXFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY
The library in its landscape setting
Oxford Public Library
The new Oxford Public Library is a modern community cultural center located across the street from the Quaker Farms Elementary School on Great Oak Road. It provides the Town of Oxford with much needed space for its popular programs for patrons of all ages.
The new 10,000 sf building is nearly three times the size of the former library. The library consists of two simple rectangular structures, each clad with board and batten siding, connected by a glass-enclosed lobby. The white siding and gray standing seam gable roofs compliment the forms and materials found in the houses and farms of the surrounding community. One of the rectangles is dedicated to adult services with reading and reference areas, digital carrels, quiet study rooms, and access to the community room. The other rectangle contains spaces for children and teens. The library was designed with unfinished space below the adult room for future expansion.
The interior of the library is also simple and elegant. Vaulted wood ceilings supported by open trusses enhance the sense of openness. The spaces are light-filled and transparent for easy supervision; interior materials are calm, natural, and easy to maintain.