Oxnard College Library Learning Resource Center

The new two-story facility brings together previously separated services to provide a student-friendly, one-stop center for learning resources. A central drum serves as a flexible learning hub where digital and printed media are shared and integrated in a collaborative learning environment. Three adjoining wings support specialized department functions. The open floor plan allows staff to easily monitor activity and flexibility for different teaching and learning configurations.

Three diffusing skylights bring natural light deep into the drum and reading mezzanine. Generous perimeter windows on the ground floor, shaded by metal mesh screens, allow views of the campus green.

Aerial photography of the Flight 93 National Memorial site
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Aerial photography of the Flight 93 National Memorial site
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The design surpasses all the objectives of the College in a beautiful building that has already become well loved on campus. It promotes a student-centric perspective by breaking down previous barriers of separation and providing a warm, comfortable environment enjoyable to use.

—Michael Bush, Ed. Vice President, Business Services


Location: Oxnard, California
Owner: Ventura County Community College District
Commissioned: 2005
Completed: 2012 


Paul Murdoch
Milena Murdoch
Eric Cunningham
Charles Lee
Kin Lee
Victor Garcia
Peter Rindelaub


Year in Architecture 2014: Missions Possible
Paul Murdoch Architects receives a 2013 AIA Ventura County Merit Award in Architecture for Oxnard College Library/ Learning Resource Center


2014 Library Journal
2013 AIA Ventura County Chapter Merit Award in Architecture
2011 Savings by Design Grant for Energy Efficiency


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