The primary program required 104,000 square feet of new space to accommodate the growing needs of the Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Library, a United States Government Documents Depository, which houses 400,000 volumes. Primary program elements include a 50-seat computer lab; bibliographic instruction room; 17 group study rooms; 207 ASSOCIATED FIRMEllerbe BeckettCOST PER SQ FT$127.00FEATURED IN1998 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers carrels; special collection room; media room; circulation reserve desk; microform room and viewing room.
Located within a very tight urban site, the library acts as both a connector to the campus and to the existing College of Law. The existing College of Law, built in 1967, has suffered from lack of a significant entrance. Cleveland State University requested that the building be designed with an open, friendly streetfront.
An internal system of connection passages and bridges was developed to serve as a continuation of the connection to other campus facilities on either side of the new library addition. This connector passes through a three-story atrium, which also serves as the main entrance from the College of Law separated at the second level.
Photographer: ©Barry Taxel