Lexington Central Library Redesign

Lexington Central LIBRARY Redesign

Lexington, KY

In the heart of downtown Lexington is the six-story, 108,000 square foot Central Library. The 30-year-old building has significant issues with wayfinding, building flow, access to daylight, and fragmented staff spaces. Group 4 led a redesign study for the Central Library that reimagined its role for service citywide as well as for neighborhood service to residents in the downtown area.

To better welcome visitors, Group 4 redesigned the entry experience and the building’s relationship to the adjacent park and plaza. A dramatic new public stair in the five-story atrium is proposed, linking all public service floors for the first time for improved wayfinding and access. The suggested changes would transform the ground floor from a sleepy space to a vibrant and active new customer experience. Operational improvements include reducing the number of service desks and reorganizing back-of-house spaces for better functionality.

Group 4’s master plan for the Lexington Public Library also established the vision and momentum for an expanded new Village Library branch in one of the city’s most diverse communities.


  • Client: Lexington Public Library
  • Status: Complete
  • Services: Conceptual Design & Visioning

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