The Library’s services demand both lively, collaborative spaces and quiet, contemplative spaces, designed with Georgia Tech’s thinkers in mind — spaces fashioned specifically for faculty, spaces geared to graduate students, spaces customized for undergraduate scholarship.
The Library needs flexible and open room for over 500 annual library-related learning and instruction sessions. And the intricate and frequently invisible work that goes on behind the scenes within the Library to enable complex and vital services requires substantial physical space to further Georgia Tech’s top-tier technical reputation.
Following are archival photographs of Price Gilbert and Crosland spaces juxtaposed against the renderings for the renewed Library. On each photograph you will see how the Research Library of the 21st Century is a space for people, built to accommodate the rich and vibrant future of scholarship at Georgia Tech.
It projects outward, inviting and connecting scholars in new and exciting ways, blending the physical and the digital.
The envelopes of the buildings will be rehabilitated and opened up to daylight wherever possible. The core elements will be upgraded to meet contemporary codes and will provide room for future expansions or modifications.
The systems that heat, cool, move water, and light the buildings will be entirely new and very efficient. Taken together, these strategies will drive energy use dramatically downward even as the user population doubles, so that the energy use intensity per person reduces by a factor of almost five.
With circulation of physical library materials trending downward, knowledge is now recorded, stored, and disseminated by digital means.
The digital cloud of shared knowledge is overwhelmingly vast. The Library of the 21st Century is a place to make sense of it all.
There remains a human desire for the Library to be a physical, tactile, and serendipitous experience that inspires awe. The future Library will do this by taking these digital, invisible resources and manifesting their presence through means that are sometimes pragmatic (as in virtual browsing) and sometimes artistic (as in an abstract installation).
- Courtesy BNIM