Ohio Northern University, College of Law, Taggart Law Library, David C. Crago Rare Book and Special

Ada, Ohio

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 ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED 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.