Salem State University, Frederick E. Berry Library and Learning Commons

Salem, MA | 2013

The Berry Library defines a new academic quad for Salem State's North Campus and meets an urgent need for a replacement library to serve the University's five campuses.

A vibrant and welcoming academic crossroads, the Library has clear wayfinding and spaces for scholarship and collaboration, and is designed to accommodate changes in technology and pedagogy. The learning commons, rich with academic resources, is integrated with library services to provide a comprehensive and supportive learning environment. The library is sited to define the new quad, strengthening the identity of the North Campus as the University's academic heart, establishing a sense of place, and strengthening institutional identity. While the first level of the four-story Library offers an entrance facing College Drive, the second-floor main entrance faces the quad.

Designed with a range of environmental features, including a 48-well geothermal field, the project is targeting a minimum of LEED Silver certification.

Beneath the quad - Berry Library's geothermal system


Shepley Bulfinch Team

Sid Bowen
William Fitzpatrick
Kelly Brubaker
Andre Kamili
Lynn Petermann
Lauren Deck
Christian Moneyhun
Erin Deeley

"It's very different from the other libraries I've worked in that were built in the '70s, '80s, '90s, that were built really first for the books, then the people. I'm running into alumni who are saying, 'Can I come in and use the library?' It's wonderful. It's really wonderful."
- Berry Library & Learning Commons Director Susan Cirillo, Boston Globe, August 22, 2013

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