Reiss Design Studio was chosen to be the architect for the San Luis Obispo City/County Library remodel project, which is currently under construction. The library will re-open to the public in early 2017.
The layout of the three-story library has been changed to create distinct activity areas on each level. The first floor will be the interaction "hub" and will include computer stations, meeting rooms, an automated book return (that will be able to be viewed "in-action"), and locations for programs to occur. The second floor is home to the main book collections, including new children and teen areas. The third floor will be the resource collections with areas for study/research.
The remodel adds more space for the children's collection, creates a new teen area, adds workstations and meeting rooms, and opens up the main entry atrium and existing mural to create a unique entry experience. Design features include bright colors for the children and teen areas, use of bold graphics, modern carpet tile patterns, and custom furniture, including interactive reader "pods."
We appreciate that libraries represent opportunities for everyone—a monument to civic engagement. It is our hope at Reiss Design Studio that the San Luis Obispo Library will become a premier example of how libraries are an integral core of a community.
Brian Reynolds' interview on KCBX's Issues and Ideas radio program included Shana Reiss, Principal Architect; Chris Barnickel, Library Director; and Chase McMunn, Assistant Library Director. Listen here.
For more information on alternative branches to order materials from while the SLO City Library is closed, please refer to this Tribune article.