Marksbury Family Branch


Marksbury Family Branch, Lexington Public Library

Lexington, KY

Group 4’s facilities master plan for the Lexington Public Library found that the diverse communities in west Lexington were inequitably served by the small branch library in a leased space. The plan recommended tripling the size of this branch to provide community-centered services and spaces comparable to those in LPL’s other branches.

LPL commissioned Group 4 and EOP Architects to design the new 30,000 square foot branch library on a compact urban site. The design responds to community needs and priorities established through a robust engagement process. The new branch focuses on people and programs, emphasizing flexible and technology-enabled spaces for innovative community-centric services. It provides new spaces for intergenerational engagement, community gathering, and creative learning.

The design is inspired by the concept of a “front porch” that welcomes diverse local community members as well as people visiting Lexington from around the world. The distinctive architectural porch draws visitors to the front entry and also offers shade for outdoor programming and community gatherings on the plaza. Inside, the light-filled atrium is the vibrant heart of the library – providing views of key library spaces as well as a strong wayfinding element. The first-floor paseo connects visitors with active and flexible meeting, creative, and program spaces. Collections, technology, quiet reading, and a generous children’s space are on the second floor. The teen space is also on the second floor – offering views from a “perch” above the porch.


  • Client: Lexington Public Library
  • Status: Completed
  • Photography: J.L. Jordan Photography