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Firestone Library Renovation


In light of the library's importance in teaching and research at Princeton, the University has begun planning for a complete renovation of Firestone Library.

The renovation architects, Shepley Bulfinch, are working with design partner Frederick Fisher and Partners for a total renovation. In December 2010, the library hosted open houses to update the campus community on the plans, which have been informed by meetings with the Faculty Steering Committee on the Firestone Renovation, focus groups with library users and meetings with library staff.

Project goals

The planning for the renovation of Firestone is focused on creating a building that is well-suited to support modern library services and contemporary approaches to scholarship while also providing the proper environment for one of the world's great book and manuscript collections.

Principles guiding the renovation include:

  • Improving navigability and wayfinding throughout the building, especially in the open stacks.
  • Improving the quality of user spaces, including graduate study rooms, carrels, quiet public reading rooms and seating in the stack areas.
  • Creating more efficient shelving layouts.
  • Creating a larger and consolidated space for the Department of Rare Books and Special Collections.
  • Concentrating exhibit spaces on the first floor.
  • Consolidating library service points into more efficient and effective groupings.
  • Designing efficient and comfortable staff spaces.
  • Bringing the building into compliance with current building and fire codes and accessibility standards.

Timeframe

The renovation and reconfiguration is conceived as a long-term phased project taking more than 10 years, during which the library will remain open and occupied. Efforts will be made to schedule the most disruptive work at times of the year when the library is not as heavily used, and to create temporary spaces to keep noise and dust to a minimum.

Read more about the project schedule on the library's renovation blog.

For additional details, go to the library's renovation blog.



Plan view rendering (click for larger view)