“Happy Learning Space”
The third and fourth floors of the building are reserved for the quieter programs of the library. Most of these floors are given over to a highly-flexible free-plan arrangement of bookshelves, reading tables, and soft seating areas. A simple and regular structural grid affords large open spaces, and gives the building’s librarians a high degree of flexibility in how these spaces are planned and utilized in the future.
The outer edge of these floors is occupied by more individual and quiet study spaces. Designed to flexibly support a variety of individual and small-group uses, including Audio/Visual programs, individual study carrels, and small group reading nooks, this edge zone is visually defined by the use of wood at its floor, walls, and ceiling.