ST. LOUIS COUNTY LIBRARY DISTRICT OAK BEND BRANCH
Bond Architects renovated five St. Louis County Library (SLCL) branch locations as part of the Phase 1B - Part 2 projects for the St. Louis County Library (SLCL) Master Plan, including the Oak Bend Branch. Visitors to the Oak Bend Branch will first notice the new entrance to the branch, which features a large plaza with native plantings and new windows around the entrance. Inside the branch, the floor plan was completely redesigned. A large, centralized circulation desk welcomes patrons. The enhanced children's area features a colorful entryway. Kid-sized shelving, called browsing bins, allows children to more easily select their own books. The space also features special furniture for families to read and do activities together, as well as a family restroom.
Teens have a designated space, with a laptop bar and bold furniture. Two private study rooms were added to the branch, as well as a new computer lab, a quiet reading room, a laptop bar, a business center with fax, copy and scanning machines, and a vending area. A revamped community meeting room with a projector, sound system and white board is available for use by individuals and organizations. New shelving, furniture and carpeting was installed throughout the branch.