Design of newest Oklahoma City library pays tribute to oil industry

The new northwest Oklahoma City library branch is expected to be completed in February and open in March.
BY HUGH SCOTT Published: November 19, 2011

The construction cost is $8.2 million, with funding coming from the 2000 and 2007 Oklahoma City general obligation bonds.

Funding for the furnishings and staffing will come from the Metropolitan Library System.

Efficient features

The 35,000-square-foot building utilizes many features that will make it one of the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified libraries in Oklahoma.

Some of those features include a geothermal heating and cooling system, drip irrigation system, low-flow faucets and toilets, and recycling bins for the customers and staff.

LWPB Architecture designed the building with general contracting by Atlas.

Julie Ballou has been named manager of operations for the new library.

Most recently Ballou served in the same capacity at the Ronald J. Norrick Downtown Library.

Ballou has worked with library system for 18 years.

Ballou is in the process of hiring 35 to 40 people in the positions of librarians, library aides and circulation clerks.

Positions will be filled through applications made on the library system's website.