Academic Libraries

The Library

Our academic library database encompasses over 65 institutions and includes general contextual information, programming information, and detailed seat count and type analysis. We bring this data to bear on the design and planning recommendations that we make for our current library clients by identifying their peer group and drawing comparisons. Each institution is of course unique, so we use this peer group assessment as a benchmarking tool and a way to ask questions about why/how/what our client may need. We find that our balanced approach, in which we bolster anecdotal information and observations with empirical evidence and analysis of peer institutions, resonates with our higher education clients from librarians, to trustees, to administrators, to faculty and students.

Approximately half of the libraries in our database date from the last decade, and the balance from before that time. This 10-year window gives us a good inflection point that we use to understand current and established trends in library design and planning, as compared to older projects. Although concentrated in New England, the spectrum of academic libraries that we survey spans the country.

Click here for more information on our database, or contact Rick Jones at if you would like to talk about your library.


• seat quantities and types
• program trends
• digital scholarship
• makerspaces
• classrooms
• social spaces

Library Overview (PDF)

Kreitzberg Library

Norwich University, Northfield, VT

Jones Media Center

Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute

Northeastern University, Boston, MA

DartmouthX Teaching Theater

Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH