Library Design: IUPUI University Library Renovation Garners Positive Reviews
The book was closed last fall on University Library’s $1.75 million renovation of the third and fourth floors, and library officials are writing a new chapter this spring on how new furniture and study spaces are being utilized.
New signage and artwork for the walls are still on their way, but associate librarian Willie Miller said feedback on the renovations has been positive overall. The floors now meld new, Indiana University-branded designs with the building’s original 1993 blueprints.
The fourth floor features multiple living room-style seating arrangements. Modern yet comfortable seating encircles a small table in one section, while nearby enclosed spaces provide an intimate studying experience.
“When you go to a coffee shop,” Miller explained, “you want to be around other people, but you don’t want them to hear everything. This helps with that.”
Areas around the fourth-floor elevator were designed as “touchdown” spots — spaces where students can meet up for a quick study or gather and then move on to a quieter area. This area also features new tall bar tables equipped with built-in outlets.
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