Ohio Northern University, Hanson Reading Room

Ada, Ohio

  • FIRM

    Miller Lecky Architects Inc.


    Ohio Northern University, Pettit College of Law

  • AREA

    4,580 sq.ft.





The Hanson Reading Room project represents many things for the school: a traditional law library reading room; a special tribute for a beloved dean; a fully wired space for research and instruction; and an attractive and flexible setting for special events.

The formal reading room seats 54 and encourages students to study and socialize together, fostering ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$133.00FEATURED IN2009 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers close-knit community as a hallmark of the university. Adjacent are two alcoves with overstuffed leather seating, accommodating casual groups of six. Behind elegant French doors are two seminar rooms for groups of 12.

All of the tables and chairs were handcrafted in cherry in the Mission style by Amish craftsmen. The custom bookcases, doors, interior windows and trim are finished in solid cherry wood.

Modern technology is used throughout, yet without visible high-tech features. Power and data outlets are situated in table aprons under the table tops. Video projectors and projection screens are concealed in ceilings. The wireless network is available everywhere.

The lighting system provides multi-level, flexible lighting ranging from five new skylights to dimmable pendant fixtures. Directional recessed lights highlight bookcases and study areas.

Finally, the new reading room was designed to be adaptable. The hard-wired tables unplug from floor outlets and can be re-

arranged for special events.