The original Oskaloosa Public Library was constructed in 1902 in the Jeffersonian Revival style. Funding for the original library was provided by Andrew Carnegie. In 1996, OPN Architects was selected to provide professional design services for the renovation and addition to the Oskaloosa Public Library. Funding for the new addition and renovation was provided by a local option sales tax.
Prior to schematic design, OPN analyzed the Carnegie facility to determine the organizing principles used by the original designer. Utilizing these same principles of design, a new addition was created that was in harmony with the character of the historic building and satisfied the program requirements for contemporary library. OPN assisted in the specifications of all finishes for the facility. OPN also provided design services to assist the library staff in the selection and specification of all furnishings.
“I would give OPN my highest recommendation for any public library planning a building project. From the beginning they conducted the architectural design of our new facility in a very professional mannor. They realize the importance of the library staff’s time. Punctuality and good organization were hallmarks of each meeting. I would be happy to visit with anyone about our experience with OPN.”
— Nancy Simpson, Former Library Director Oskaloosa Public Library