Dominican University, Rebecca Crown Library Renovation

River Forest, Illinois

  • FIRM

    Frye Gillan Molinaro


    Dominican University

  • AREA

    75,000 sq.ft.





Dominican University renovated Rebecca Crown Library with a clear purpose in mind: bringing students back to the library.

One key design element of the new library goes a long way toward meeting that goal: many entrances. In an effort to make the library a more vibrant place, the renovation provided for entrances on each of the library’s four levels. Each gateway ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$107.00FEATURED IN2003 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media CentersSUB CATEGORYRenovation with the university’s main academic building, making the library an easy destination for students. A new exterior entrance offers a direct passage to the library from the main parking lot, and a new interior entrance on the first floor links the library to the dining hall.

The lower level supports an information arcade: 24 computers, televisions and a cyber cafe with network access.

Visitors entering the first floor are struck by its two-story atrium, framing Dominican’s wooded campus and the library’s signature four-story spiral staircase—the only feature saved from the old library.

The second floor contains two classrooms, archives and meeting spaces. This level is furnished with high-back leather chairs and mahogany tables.

The third floor is dedicated to classrooms, a student lounge, and The Graduate School of Library and Information Science. The classrooms include a tiered classroom, two flexible seminar classrooms, a lecture classroom and a computer classroom.