The new Ronald J. Norick Library/Learning Center serves the downtown Oklahoma City workforce as a business information center and the inner-city neighborhoods as a community library.
Visitors stepping into the first floor arrive in the four-story atrium, which is a primary focal point for the interior and fills the space with natural daylight. The first and second COST PER SQ FT$158.00FEATURED IN2004 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers house the library collections, along with a special Oklahoma History Collection; the Children’s Library, created from a children’s design charette; and a cantilevered reading room with views to city hall and the new downtown art museum. The first-floor atrium has open seating for the “mini” cyber cafe. Rotating art exhibits can be displayed in the glass-enclosed art gallery on the first floor.
The 114,000-square-foot facility houses the library administration staff, the Downtown College Consortium and public multiuse space. The fourth-floor learning center, the Downtown College Consortium, serves students at four universities. It also houses the Forum Room, which can be used for theatrical performances and seminars. Classroom space for the Downtown College Consortium, and other area colleges and universities offering MBA or other college courses, also is on this floor.