As the world becomes increasingly digital and classroom learning more collaborative, a library is no longer merely a storage space for books and a place for quiet study. Instead it demands a design that supports connections between people, technologies and ideas, as well as shared spaces for digital learning and research, team projects, socialization and study.
The new 5,500 square-foot library will feature enhanced digital platforms, a host of collaborative learning spaces, a large, multi-use classroom and meeting space, and a small presentation stage in support of events and gatherings. A spacious mezzanine will provide further opportunity for students to come together and effectively engage with both course content and one another.
Aesthetically, the renovation of Memorial Hall will accentuate the building's original architectural features, including the memorial vestibule, the large radius windows, and the proscenium arch that once framed the stage used for plays and performances. The space will be more open and flexible than ever before and replete with natural light.