Lexington Public Library Marksbury Branch

LOCATION: Lexington, Kentucky

SIZE: 30,000 SQ FT

CLIENT: Lexington Public Library

TYPE: New Construction

SUMMARY: The new Village Branch will significantly increase the number of activities and community engagement opportunities that can be hosted at the facility. The first floor of the facility will consist of a large community meeting room that will be great for large presentations or more interactive events like job fairs or community fundraisers. The first floor will also hold a large multipurpose room that will be equipped for student learning and after school homework help. The Makerspace, also on the first floor, will be for hands-on physical making. The second floor will be a more traditional library space with stack areas and reading rooms for children, teens, and adults. The second floor will also have several smaller group study rooms that can be reserved for group projects or individual studying. The entire library will focus around the “Marketplace” on the first floor. This is a large double-height multi-functional open space that runs the length of the building. This space can be used to host larger community gatherings, presentations, watch parties, gaming tournaments, art fairs, and numerous other activities. The outside amphitheater takes advantage of the steeply sloped site by providing the library with additional exterior program space to host events and create more community gathering opportunities.