Arizona State University, Hayden Library Master Plan

Tempe, AZ | 2012

The master plan for Arizona State’s main research library defines an exceptional research and learning environment for the 21st century, at the heart of the Tempe campus. The plan re-envisions the library as a dynamic intellectual hub for the University’s growing population, giving physical form to the vision set forth in the its ambitious institutional strategic plan.

The plan reorients the space from a collection-intensive facility to a patron-focused learning environment, with enhanced research and study spaces, a robust technology and instructional hub, consolidated staff space, and newly prominent and accessible special collections. Strategic decisions about the location of portions of the collection were addressed.

The plan also leverages the library’s location at the crossroads of two key pedestrian axes to address a dearth of open space on the campus. A proposed expansion reclaims the sunken courtyard and moat surrounding the library for new, programmable space with a green roof that becomes an extension of the campus’ central quad. A new entrance pavilion along one axis will serve as a beacon for the University community.

The phased five-year renovation and expansion will permit uninterrupted library operations.


  • Square Footage: 360,000 s.f.

Shepley Bulfinch Team

Joe Herzog
Janette Blackburn
Kelly Brubaker
Alison Rainey
Siiri Julianus
Sarah Tocci

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