Georgia State University, Library Transformation

Atlanta, Georgia

  • FIRM

    Leo A Daly


    Georgia State University

  • AREA

    238,000 sq.ft.





The design transformation of the Georgia State University library updates, unites and expands two existing structures. Spanning historic Decatur Street, a dramatic new four-story, glass-enclosed link connects the two buildings with collaborative and interactive study stations throughout.

The concept for the renovation revolved around four ideals: improving ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$97.00FEATURED IN2009 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers library’s image on campus; improving the clarity and simplicity of patron wayfinding; improving patron understanding of the facility and its services; and preparing the library for future growth.

The new facility is grouped around a vibrant, 150-seat “learning commons.” This space features flexible seating and a variety of study alternatives, including custom-designed computer and reader tables, creating friendlier, more home-like spaces than traditional study areas. The fixed furnishings are timeless pieces, and the colors and carpet patterns act as reinforcements that direct wayfinding, providing cues to department locations.

The interior remodel features interiors that reflect the cultural diversity of the university’s student body. Furniture selections address the needs of the urban student, who often uses the library more than eight hours a day.