Wartburg College began a study of library needs in the early 1990s in response to student and faculty concerns about the aging library. Concerns included the need for updated and additional technical space to support information-literacy instruction in a variety of learning styles and purposes; space to house an expanding collection; handicapped accessibility; and the COST PER SQ FT$63.03FEATURED IN2000 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation to address failing mechanical and electrical systems.
In response to these challenges, designers recommended a three-level facility, which included 44,000 square feet of renovation; 28,180 square feet of new space; new mechanical and electrical systems; and an elevator for handicapped accessibility. Careful attention was paid to the library’s exterior, focusing on aesthetics and the use of masonry materials similar to surrounding buildings.
The library’s unique design accommodates learners with varied learning styles and purposes. These spaces include a comprehensive advising center, information laboratory, reference collection, 67 computer workstations, center for faculty learning, classrooms, a curriculum wing, video/audio rooms, group-study areas, climate-controlled archives with extra space and a coffee shop. Classrooms provide space for information-literacy instruction.
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