The Rare Book and Special Collections Room was designed as both a museum-quality display area for rare books and as a research space for scholars. An attached room serves as a storage area.
Project goals and challenges:
•Use best practices to preserve the library’s impressive collection of rare Roman and church ASSOCIATED FIRMMetro CD EngineeringCOST PER SQ FT$252.95FEATURED IN2013 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers books.
•Create an elegant space in a visible high-traffic area to showcase the library’s scholarly mission.
•Design the 400-square-foot space to securely house, display and use the books.
Design team responses:
•Climate-control system to maintain constant temperature and humidity.
•Linear diffusers in the recessed ceiling cove to conceal the climate-control system’s mechanical components.
•Locally made Amish furniture, finish work, and secure and well-lighted display cabinets to beautifully appoint the room.
•Exclusive use of LED strip lighting and fixtures to best preserve materials.
High-technology components were integrated artfully into the classic and elegant design of the space. The room was named in honor of the school’s former dean, David C. Crago, a longtime supporter of the law library and its scholarly mission.