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Ocean County College Library

Ocean County College | Toms River, NJ
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Project Details

Ocean County College is a two-year public community college with an enrollment just under 7,500 students. Its 1960s-era library had not been updated since a renovation and addition project in 1992. The dated, dark, and inflexible layout did not support the ways modern students study and use the building and its resources.

BKP designed a comprehensive, two-floor renovation to revitalize the library and create distinctive study and learning areas. Accessed from the main campus quad, the library entry was redesigned to capture a similar sense of openness. The inviting entry immediately puts technology on display, showcasing the library’s new meeting rooms, WebEx distance-learning pods, and small-group study spaces through the use of glass walls. This new “Distance Learning Village” provides students with access to group and individual technology resources. By removing interior walls and reorienting shelving throughout the building, the new layout provides a mix of traditional workspaces with built-in shelving and window seats along with movable furnishings to accommodate flexibility. Taking cues from the British idea of a cozy reading nook, “snugs” offer semi-private comfortable seating for individuals or small groups. Inspired by the college’s Jersey Shore location, the library’s materials palette features driftwood and sand motifs accented by the vibrant red, blue, and beige tones of the campus identity. The bright, modern, forward-thinking renovation will showcase the college’s technology and how its 21st century thinkers connect to the world outside campus.

The project is presently under construction with completion for the Fall 2024 semester.

  • Client

    Ocean County College

  • Cost

    $4.9 million

  • Size

    40,000 square feet

Renderings © BKP Architects