Magazine article University Business

Ekstrom Library at the University of Louisville (Ky.)

Magazine article University Business

Ekstrom Library at the University of Louisville (Ky.)

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* PROJECT VITALS: $14.2 million, 51,000-square-foot addition to the 1981 building completed in spring 2006

* RETRIEVAL SYSTEM FACTS: The 48-foot-high, 8,000-square-foot system can hold 1.2 million volumes. Located behind the circulation desk, the system obtains books by request in two to five minutes and currently houses 600,000 volumes. Library staff did some public relations work to get faculty buy-in, says Hannelore Rader, dean of the university libraries at the university. Rader adds that taking inventories of books is much easier with the system in place.

* OTHER BUILDING HIGHLIGHTS: The expansion, which includes a large staired terrace, was placed at the rear of the original building, creating a new public image for the university along Third Street and addressing the goal of connecting recent residential expansions to the west with the main campus. Organized on three levels surrounding an atrium with lots of natural light, the addition is connected to Ekstrom's original five levels via a glass-lined stairway. A 24/7 cybercafe, several computer labs, seminar rooms, open reading areas on the upper level, and a 150-seat auditorium serve users. Close to three million people visit the campus library now per year--compared to about half that prior to the addition, says Rader.

* PROJECT TEAM: RMJM Hillier architects (Princeton, N. …

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