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Oceanside library gets redesigned

The redesign of Oceanside's main library by domusstudio architecture maintains Charles Moore's vision while incorporating a new retail approach, officials said.

The interior remodel, recently completed, involved "rejuvenating" the two-story, 30,000-square-foot structure with new flooring and finishes; improved lighting; and a new marketplace service model.

Other than enlarging the main entrance, no exterior modifications are included in the $465,000 redesign.

"Libraries are changing with the times, adapting to advanced technologies and adjusting to the needs, patterns and expectations of their patrons," explained domusstudio architecture Principal David Pfeifer.

Part of the Oceanside Civic Center designed in 1985 by Charles Moore, the library's architecture is characterized by a two-story entry, well-lit from above by a row of large clerestory windows.

The redesign maintains the noted American architect's vision, while breathing new life into the structure with the integration of a marketplace theme.

The atrium-like arrival area, for example, previously dominated by stacks of books, will have a fresh retail approach, with interesting displays and eye-catching collections.

The redesign also includes new porcelain tile flooring in the marketplace-style area and new carpet throughout.

New lighting is being used to create and give hierarchy to the new marketplace concept.

Together the flooring and the lighting will give the entire library a fresh look.

Also integral to the marketplace redesign are informal seating clusters, encouraging browsing and reading.

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