The Entrance Gallery provides open vertical connections between the expansive first and second floors. It will be defined with new, sky-lit Lanterns that provide views to activities on the second floor and a strong central orientation point for library services. The new Lanterns will highlight important library services, and comfortable social gathering and activity spaces closer to the building’s center. The transformational design also provides new connections to campus. A new north entrance will provide access from residence halls and the new research building as campus development grows to the north and east of Hesburgh Library. Views across campus to the stadium, and an overlook with sightlines from the concourse and main south entrance below, will be provided through new interior windows at the south end of the second floor.
On the 10th Floor, the collection will be relocated away from windows to provide natural light from existing windows into the open user areas. Improved spaces for quiet, contemplative study will be built. These areas are a subject-themed reference reading room and a graduate student enclave, which houses individual, assigned carrels. The tower floors will become destinations…and help to build communities of scholars around broad humanities and arts disciplines.