Thousand Oaks Public Library

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Thousand Oaks Public Library

City of Thousand Oaks

Thousand Oaks, California

Located within a 44-acre meadow with many large oak trees along an arroyo, the site plan optimized an acre and a half of building and 300 parking stalls; while preserving the natural amenities of the rural site. The building's orientation on the site takes advantage of the natural arroyo breezes and sunlight to contribute to the energy efficient design. 

The library is approximately 56,000 SF and includes 4,000 SF of public meeting facilities and the county library system administation. The program for this progressive main public library included space for 230,000 books, a separate children's area, meeting rooms for community activities and administrative facilities. The library also incorporated the most current library technology for information storage and retrieval.

Awards Info


  • 1983 Award of Excellence in Library Design
    • ​AIA/American Library Association
  • 1982 Honor Award
    • ​AIA National
  • 1982 Edwin F. Gurth Award of Merit for Daylight & Task/Ambient Design
    • ​Illuminating Engineering Society
  • 1982 Excellence for Outstanding Design & Usage of Architectural Woodwork
    • Woodwork Institute of California