This two story, 96,000 sf library is located in a suburb southwest of Chicago. Lohan Anderson met with the library staff early on to collaborate on a space program with input from the staff and the community. This input, coupled with early design presentations at community outreach meetings, assured public support for referendum funding.

The resulting building provides much needed space for various community activities in addition to library functions. The first floor houses the most intensive public functions: circulation, outreach and technical services, computer access, youth services, and public meeting rooms. The second floor houses more relaxed and contemplative functions: adult services, teen services, administrative offices, and study rooms.

A series of north facing clerestory windows above the second floor reading room bring in natural light for reading without exposing the stacks to direct sunlight. A natural stone fireplace and seating area add a zone of relaxation. The concrete structure is clad in brick and an aluminum and glass curtain wall.

Completed: 2005
Architect and Interior Designer: Lohan Anderson
Awards: 2006 Chicago Building Congress Merit Award
2007 AIA Illinois Frank Lloyd Wright Award

Orland Park Public Library, Orland Park, Illinois