Users of the new Joe and Rika Mansueto Library, University of Chicago, get to test their mettle
under the soaring elliptical glass dome of the research space’s Grand Reading Room, designed by
Helmut Jahn. Aside from stretching their brain cells, they can enjoy views of the campus.
CREDITS: Murphy/Jahn, architect; photo, Jason Smith.
The Lemieux Library & McGoldrick Learning Commons at Seattle University successfully integrates a three-story addition with the original five-story library, with a renewed double helix staircase. A vertical frit pattern on the new east curtain wall creates an engaging transparent façade that unites the old with the new, while brick and glass planes appear to be in motion. CREDITS: Pfeiffer Partners Architects, architect; photo, Eric Staudenmaier.
Having found a home in the new Ekstein Hall, the Marquette University Law Library, Milwaukee,
is “a library without borders,” as library activity runs throughout the new law school and includes
a double-height reading room. CREDITS: Shepley Bulfinch and Opus Group, architect;
photo, Anton Grassl/Esto.
The Pierce College Library, Lakewood, WA, is “zoned” to encourage interaction with librarians, group collaboration, and individual research while taking advantage of flexible teaching and study spaces. CREDITS: McGranahan Architects, architect; photo, Lara Swimmer Photography.
The McHenry Library, University of California–Santa Cruz, established a mix of furnishings to accommodate a variety of study, reading, and learning requirements and enhance the casual feel. CREDITS: Boora Architects, architect; photo, Elise H. Mahoney.