Yale University, Timothy Dwight College Library

New Haven, Connecticut

Timothy Dwight College, one of 12 residential colleges at Yale University, was the last building completed there by James Gamble Rogers in 1935. His original colonial design was meant to suggest a New England “town green” surrounded by public buildings.

The new library for Timothy Dwight College consists of three interconnected, light-filled floors overlooking the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$280.00FEATURED IN2005 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers quadrangle. The top floor incorporates the original Timothy Dwight Library and reading room with a barrel-vaulted ceiling. The mid-level (formerly lounge and bathroom space) replicates the panel details of the original, and provides reading rooms and additional space for the collection. The lower level (formerly basement space) provides additional reading space and a computer center.

The library shares the “town hall” entrance with the commons, the expanded dining room and the new servery, and it connects to the basement level, which is dedicated to new student activity spaces. Its three entrances are adjacent to the ceremonial stair, which connects all of the student activity spaces within the college. Thus, the library becomes the centerpiece for student life at Timothy Dwight.