Bethany Library – New Library
In the early 1960's, the residents of Bethany chose to build an 8,400 SF Library. Over the past 50 years, many people have passed through its doors, and it has played a significant role in the lives of many of Bethany’s residents. With all its use and the changes in library services, Bethany once again is looking to the future.
Soon, a new Bethany Library will be built. After seeking input from the Bethany community and evaluation by the architectural team, the current library's location near City Hall, the YMCA and the park still make it the perfect location for a new library. In order to make room for a new 23,000 SF library on the same site, the Library will be temporarily relocating to the Deville Shopping Center at 7941 NW 23, Bethany, OK 73008 - the corner of NW 23rd and Council Road.
The new Library, designed by Dewberry Architects, has been planned to include:
- a large, subdividable meeting room with kitchenette
- a conference room
- media lab/makerspace
- dedicated children’s area as well as teen area
- children’s program room and porch
- study rooms
- a quiet reading room with porch
The spacious interior will introduce natural light for reader comfort, and will more than double the current number of seats and computer stations available. The new Library includes a drive-up book return and will increase the total number of parking spaces to meet day-to-day demand. The City also plans to improve the aesthetics of the nearby retention pond, make improvements to the park and introduce a walking trail.
Bethany Renovation: Photos
The Village Library – Renovation
- Replacing carpet throughout the 14,044 square-foot library;
- Repainting the interior of the building;
- Constructing an ADA-compliant family restroom off the lobby;
- Combining the circulation and reference desks with a new, combined service desk;
- Adding larger computer tables;
- Relocating staff work areas to make room for four public study rooms;
- Replacing the shelves for young-adult materials;
- Adding a large group study table with bar stools, installing flexible, collaborative seating that will increase capacity from four to 10 teenagers;
- Adding more lounge seating and providing single and collaborative study areas.