This library’s an open book

Ringling College of Art and Design,
Alfred R. Goldstein Library

Sarasota, FL
Most libraries are meant to be quiet spaces. Not this one. The Alfred R. Goldstein Library at the Ringling College of Art and Design is a bold, collaborative space that roars with the creativity of students and alumni.
The library’s lower floors open up in expanses of glass to let the outside in, and help illuminate student murals that wrap the elevator core. Upper floors feature terraces where burgeoning artists can find inspiration while taking in spectacular views of the nearby bayou.
The Alfred R. Goldstein Library covers 49,000 sf—nearly four times the area of the library it replaced.
Our design team led interactive roundtables and focus groups to uncover the needs and wants of students and stakeholders. High on the students’ wish list: a cozy living room, which has become a campus favorite.
Our design team led interactive roundtables and focus groups to uncover the needs and wants of students and stakeholders. High on the students’ wish list: a cozy living room, which has become a campus favorite.
"We want this to be an intellectual student union. This is not going to be a quiet place at all." Larry Thompson, president, Ringling College of Art and Design
The dramatic black staircase serves a pivot point and marks a stunning contrast to the light, airy space.
Shepley Bulfinch worked in association with Sweet|Sparkman Architects.
"Momentum," a mural by Ringling alum Julie Kanapaux (2000), spreads across the library’s three floors.
“This is not your grandfather’s library.” Larry Thompson, president, Ringling College of Art and Design
49,000
sf
10
group/study meeting rooms
75,000
books, periodicals, films, video games
24-hour
access for faculty and staff