Dillard University Will W. Alexander Library Addition and Renovation

Dillard University Will W. Alexander Library Addition and Renovation

Reimagining the university library
Manning Architects worked with Dillard University with the goal of accommodating the changing role of the library within the university setting. The concepts which emerged were reinforcing the traditional functions of the library, the improvement of available technological centers, and the facilitation of a variety of different types of student and staff interactions.

The scope of work encompassed a total re-evaluation of the circulation, technical service, collection display and storage, and student use areas of the library in order to maximize efficiency. This goal was achieved through incorporating new interior finishes, reconfiguration of the shelving layout throughout the building, the addition of multiple types of group and individual areas designed to encourage either quiet study or socialization, and a prominent, efficient circulation area to accommodate projected growth in staff and student enrollment.