Hand drawn rendering by John Rowell

Jefferson Library Concept Design

Jefferson, Oregon

The Jefferson Library is currently located in the historic Jacob Conser House (1854) in Jefferson, Oregon. It occupies 1,074 square feet in a building shared with other municipal functions. The library has long been inadequate to serve the city’s population of 4,142 (Library Data Base, 2009). Population growth inside and outside of the city is increasing, placing more demands on the library and making a larger library essential.

A new site has been secured which will house the new Jefferson Library, a public meeting room and space for future city hall offices. The Friends of the Library (FOL) formed to create a vision for a new library and civic meeting room. The proposed concept design for the new 4,262 square foot library consists of built-in flexibility for organization of collections and various activities, a civic meeting room for public meetings and library programs and events, a welcoming front porch, a public plaza for outdoor events with connection to the street and a simple, common sense approach to energy efficiency.

Currently, Rowell Brokaw Architects is working with the Friends of Jefferson Library to assist with fundraising and grant proposals.