Princeton University, Firestone Library
Princeton, NJ | 2015
This complex renovation breathes new life into one of Princeton's most iconic buildings and its main humanities and social sciences research library, updating Firestone Library's aging infrastructure and reorganizing the library to meet contemporary academic research demands. The renovation upgrades building systems; secures and preserves high-value collections; and improves circulation and functionality throughout the 1948 building and its several additions.
The design facilitates the reorganization of the collections and supports the concept of making them visible on all floors. The project balances openness and protection, locating reader seats and open carrels with access to general collections and natural light while siting special collections securely below grade in climate-controlled vaults. New infrastructure, including energy-efficient HVAC systems, is threaded through the structurally constrained building.
The library is remaining open throughout the phased multi-year renovation.
This project follows Shepley Bulfinch's 1997 reading room renovation and 2005 library master plan. The firm is the architect of record, in association with design partner Frederick Fisher and Partners.
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Shepley Bulfinch TeamJonathan Baron
Carole C. Wedge