Washington and Lee University, James Graham Leyburn Library

Lexington, Virginia




Washington and Lee University


31,309 sq.ft.

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Leyburn Library is one of the primary venues on Washington and Lee’s campus where students can conduct research, study or gather with other students for group work. The library has served the students well; however, the university saw the need to modernize the facility both technologically and aesthetically to continue drawing students to its resources.

The project scope involved renovating the library’s main floor and moving library technical services, which occupied one-third of this floor, to the downstairs level. The existing entry remained and a new entrance was created to establish a better connection to student activity. A new help desk, jointly operated by the library and information technology services, is situated front and center.

Prior to the renovation, student spaces were decentralized, feeling small and uninviting. Now, the floor plan is more open, with lounge areas and a cafe providing comfortable places for interaction. Utilizing architectural elements, furniture, lighting and stacks to transition from public space to quieter study areas enables many types of experiences to occur within one space.

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Product suppliers specified

Doors by Algoma Hardwoods
Office Furniture by HON
Paint/Wallcoverings by Sherwin-Williams
Doors by Kawneer
Door Hardware by Corbin Russwin
Door Hardware by Hager
Carpet by Patcraft
Carpet by Shaw
Windows by Kawneer
Cabinets by DuPont
Cabinets by 3Form
Ceilings by Armstrong World Industries
Flooring by Amtico
Cafeteria Furniture by Brayton
Classroom Furniture by Brayton
Classroom Furniture by Herman Miller
Computer Furniture by Herman Miller
Computer Furniture by Steelcase
Computer Furniture by Herman Miller
Computer Furniture by Steelcase
Library/Media Center Furniture by Brayton
Lounge Furniture by Brayton
Office Furniture by Herman Miller
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