East Tennessee State University, Charles C. Sherrod Library

Johnson City, Tennessee

  • FIRM

    Ken Ross Architects


    Tennessee Board of Regents

  • AREA

    193,300 sq.ft.





Charles C. Sherrod Library, placed diagonally facing the great campus yard at the edge of the academic core, takes advantage of student pedestrian traffic and hilly east Tennessee topography. The building and adjoining landscaping form various courtyards and separation elements including: main arrival plaza; return book dropoff; mature landscaped stream vale buffer ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCO FIRMDavid Leonard Associates, ArchitectsCAPACITY2,400COST PER SQ FT$107.92FEATURED IN1999 Architectural Portfolio the student union and the library; semi-concealed service court.

The building repeats campus Georgian architecture base, shaft and entablature with modern elements, hinting at the high technology information-retrieval system inside. The main entrance is under a curved two-story projection, supported by massive columns and central arch framing a Palladian window repeating the entrance of the 1930s library.

The study/stack area houses the university’s major book collection with student study spaces embedded in the perimeter of the stacks. This study/stack element is repeated on all four floors and makes book-finding intuitively understandable.

Major service points located on four floors in order of user traffic are: reference, circulation, reader services and instructional lab; periodicals and technical services; government documents, IMC and multimedia lecture room; Appalachian archives, administration and computer systems.

Photographer: ©Mountain Photographics/Peter Montanti