Roberts Wesleyan College, Golisano Library

Rochester, New York

  • FIRM

    Leo A Daly


    Roberts Wesleyan College

  • AREA

    43,000 sq.ft.





Situated on a highly visible and prominent corner of the campus, Golisano Library offers an icon of higher learning to Roberts Wesleyan College.

Golisano Library was designed with four major objectives in mind:

1. Provide increased space for reader collection.

2. Provide invigorating and collaborative study environments.

3. Complement and elevate the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMSWBR ArchitectsCOST PER SQ FT$203.00FEATURED IN2008 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers language of the campus.

4. Illustrate the educational value of a sustainably designed facility.

An inviting entrance and plaza engage the heart of the campus, strengthening the relationship between designed interior and exterior spaces. Once inside, the learning commons allows for interactive opportunities among students, staff and the community. This “architecture of interaction” encourages increased use, both during the day and at night. The coffee shop, fireplaces and reading lounges make this dynamic study space all the more attractive.

The facility features daylight, geothermal heat pumps and natural resources. Sustainable-design techniques and materials were considered throughout the entire design process and ultimately will contribute to a LEED-NC silver


The presence of the new Golisano Library is one of substance, permanence and respect.