May 23, 2022

University of California: Berkeley’s First 24/7 Library Space in the Works

The architecture for the project discussed in the article is Gensler. They also designed the Facebook HQ and Terminal at the San Francisco International Airport.

From Berkeley News:

While the grand opening isn’t until fall 2016, work already has begun to revitalize outdated Moffitt Undergraduate Library and create UC Berkeley’s first 24-hour library space.


A library for undergraduates is no longer just about studying quietly with your textbooks,” she says, “but a bridge between class and one’s future career. Today’s student also wants 24/7 access, the option of sitting or standing at a computer, places to meditate and nap, both solitary and collaborative work spaces, and coffee and solid fuel close at hand.”

Plans are underway to improve the Moffitt East Terrace, currently a neglected, inactive area adjacent to, but disconnected from, the activities in Moffitt Library. A year from now, that terrace, across from Memorial Glade, will be a primary entrance to a new library learning space on Moffitt’s top two floors, its fourth and fifth, which are being modernized thanks to $14.4 million in private giving.

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