Norwich University, Northfield, VT
After completing studies looking at targeted aspects of Kreitzberg Library in 2011 and 2012, Jones Architecture was hired for the redesign of the library at large. The existing library was designed in 1991. Some library partners have outgrown their spaces and the general library space has seen a contraction of the physical collection and lower utilization of individual study carrels. Our holistic reconsideration of how these partners work with one another and the library at large resulted in a renovation which embodies the shift toward more collaborative learning environments, solves current and projected programming needs for the many partners and resources housed in the library, and improves user circulation throughout the building. A centralized and consolidated service point supports the evolving library administration. An addition to original building provides lounge areas and a café, which help transform the library into a new gathering and social hub on campus.
“The best indicator of the success of the project is that use of the library and instruction rooms has increased dramatically. The Norwich community thoroughly enjoys the library’s new ‘feel’ as one of vibrancy and energy in a respectful manner. Norwich University is thrilled with the transformation of our library.”
— David Magida Chief Administrative Officer Norwich University