The first LEED certified library in the state of Kentucky, the Oldham County Public Library was designed as a quiet retreat just minutes from I-71. The client expressed the desire that the building be environmentally friendly and take advantage of the wooded property. They requested that we incorporate walking paths, an outdoor reading terrace, covered entry and drive-through window into the design. The client also asked that the library function as a community gathering place for residents. At the core of the building is a two-sided, stone fireplace that serves as a focal point to the central reading room. High windows bring natural light into the center of the building. A few of the many sustainable features include a rainwater catchment system, geothermal heating and cooling, rain barrels, and energy-efficient lighting.