The new library for Howard University Law School is a state-of-the-art facility supporting legal research and instruction. This four-story, 76,000 square foot building provides for a book collection of up to 215,000 volumes; seating for over 295 students, including 90 open carrels, with all locations wired for computer use; enlarged micro-form and audio-visual facilities; and distinctive rooms of wood and brick for special collections, newspaper and periodical reading, and the Rare Book Collection.
The library is organized around the second floor triple-height Reading Room, which addresses the new courtyard and the existing Holy Cross Hall to the south. The tall windows of this 4,000 square foot space give views onto the landscaped courtyard and celebrate the display of readers and books to the campus. Table and lounge seating for 80 students are provided in this great room, as well as the 2,000 volume reference collection. The book collection and individual study carrels are distributed equally on Floors 2, 3 and 4, which open directly to the Reading Room.
In association with Baker Cooper & Associates
2001 1st Award Design, The Masonry Institute, Inc.
American School & University, 2003 Educational Spaces , 2002 The Washington Post, June 2001