Gateway to the 21st century

Friday 05 Mar 2010

New campus library designed to be 'of its time, of its place and of its patrons'

Situated on a bluff at the northern edge of the Loyola Marymount University campus, the William H. Hannon Library draws students, faculty, and staff with the promise of panoramic views of the Los Angeles basin and the Pacific Ocean. However, it is the building itself that brings users back time and again.

To support a growing student body, Loyola Marymount University commissioned AECOM to design a new library that would sustain an expanding book collection and accommodate rapidly evolving technology. The new 120,000 sq ft William H. Hannon Library represents a new paradigm in the delivery of information services to 21st century students.The library capitalises on the building’s prominent location and successfully fulfills the University’s goal as a functional gateway linking the academic and residential precincts, and identifiable campus landmark both from the inside and outside. The design is inspired by these goals, the context of the site and the guiding principle that it should be… of its time, of its place and of its patrons.

The library is 'of its time' - integrating materials and services found in traditional libraries with the technological advancements of today’s new digital libraries. There is wireless network access in every nook and cranny, and Ethernet connections and electrical outlets in all of the study spaces. The main level features day-use 'power' lockers with electrical outlets built right in so users can charge laptops other electronic devices securely while having lunch or a latte in the adjacent café.

As a reflection 'of its patrons' the building features full library support services, an information commons and 24/7 accessibility and support from Information Technology Services. The library can house over 1 million volumes within high density shelving and is designed to take into account future expansion.

The building is truly 'of its place' - an embodiment of a future-looking character that is respectful of the past. The architecture is formed around the geometries of a circle inscribed in a square. The square relates to existing academic buildings while the circle negotiates the geometries of the adjacent residential campus and maximises views of the bluff. Together they create a form that integrates the library functions and bind the two campus precincts.

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