OCEANSIDE — The Civic Center Library reopened its doors March 2 after 13 weeks of renovation that opened up the layout, centralized the information desk and co-located the children and teen sections.
Also added to the library are a coffee area, a cozy children’s story corner and private study rooms. The library renovation was funded by $533,000 in city funds and $125,000 in donations.
“They designed an architecture that was everything we hoped for and more,” Deborah Polich, the library director, said.
“It’s an exciting, open, warm, welcoming place,” Suzanne Williams, president of Friends of the Oceanside Public Library, said.
The renovation combines freshness and functionality. The reopened atrium space where the information desk sits on the first floor is now the core of library. A wider staircase was reoriented to the right.
“We opened up the inside of the library,” David Pfeifer, principal of Domusstudio Architecture, said.
“We wanted to preserve the original character of Charles Moore (the original architect). Some of the design features got buried. We wanted to pull things back out.”
After a brief ribbon cutting ceremony Oceanside residents flooded in and put the new library digs to use. Each corner of the library from the computer stations to the soft seating nooks was immediately utilized.