Since this award-winning building opened in 2004, the Board of Library Trustees and staff understood that keeping current for patrons and providing the newest materials and technology was of utmost importance. In the past fourteen years, the library strove to stay in step with trends, offering the newest and best. Times change quickly, and the library is used by patrons much differently than twenty years ago. The library has become a center for community engagement and learning. Toward that end, OPPL needed to create new flexible spaces to accommodate the patron’s needs without compromising the beauty and openness of the building. The library looked to the architect who had designed this facility to repurpose spaces and keep the integrity of the architecture. The architectural team initially prepared a master plan study, with Board and patron input, to holistically redesign, upgrade, rearrange, and refresh the interior space of the building to meet emerging service patterns, and fulfill the current and future needs of the community. The same architects have been re-engaged to implement much of what was envisioned through the master plan.
Orland Park Public Library, Board of Trustees: Client michael c barnes architect, pllc: Design Architect Wight & Company: AOR, EOR, and CM