2014 Library Design Showcase • Snell Library

This month’s issue of American Libraries showcased new and renovated libraries that the American Library Association wrote were “shining examples of innovative architecture that address user needs in unique, interesting, and effective ways.” We were delighted to have our design among these libraries, and called out as a “higher education hub.”

Located at the heart of Northeastern University’s campus, the Snell Library was transformed from traditional book stack space to a flexible learning commons with state-of-the-art media capabilities. The library supports an innovative learning model that emphasizes collaborative work and provides tools for digital creation, design and analysis. The mission of the library renovation was to create an innovative facility for students, complete with 3D printing, an innovation center and audio/video/post-production studios. Students can gather for assignments or work individually, but whatever their study needs, the diverse furniture and technology can support a range of uses.

As Stephen W. Director, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Northeastern states, “The modern library is not just a place where you store books; and information doesn’t just come in 2D physical forms. Information comes in all sorts of forms. Now, it’s in 3D.”

See the entire 2014 Library Design Showcase here.


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