Grand Valley State University, Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons

Allendale, Michigan

  • FIRM

    Stantec Architecture


    Grand Valley State University

  • AREA

    150,300 sq.ft.





Grand Valley State University's Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons represents a true shift in library design. Inspired by the changing needs of today's students and the evolving skill sets required in the workplace, the library not only meets its users' current needs, but also bridges the gap between the classroom and ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$432.00CITATIONPost-Secondary CitationFEATURED IN2014 Architectural Portfolio workplace.


As the intellectual heart of the campus, the Mary Idema Pew Library provides an integral framework for the free access of knowledge and offers students the opportunity to continue learning after class is over in an environment that was created just for them.


Virtually everything about the building design is informed by the habits, expectations and academic requirements of today's students. A range of spaces was designed to give students a variety of "place" in the new library; zones that are engineered to separate groups of users with different needs: quiet spaces for those who want no distractions, and high-energy zones for multi-taskers and groups who want to be in the middle of things. Flexible furniture, equipment, service points, seasonal outdoor spaces, and lighting are incorporated throughout the building.