William Peace University | Lucy Cooper Finch Library

Raleigh, NC

The library at William Peace University underwent total transformation and now features a modern learning commons, flexible study spaces and a coffee bar – ideal for the 21st century student. This 1962 building in the Colonial /Georgian style sits in the front yard of a beautiful and consistent campus. The renovation removed all books from the ground floor, except for a reference area, and installed a new information commons. An addition with new porch and columnar front matches other buildings on campus. By careful placement of the addition, we were able to relocate the main library entry to the interior of the campus facing similar porches on Findley and Main buildings. A historic district and the Raleigh tree ordinance were taken into account with this sensitive placement.

Inside the new entry is a coffee bar, looking out to the Quad and memorial garden adjacent to the Library. The learning commons accommodates the college’s IT staff who have desks right in the space. Additional presentation rooms, group study rooms and refurbished archives were also included in the renovation. The tutorial center occupies the second floor with the main stacks in a large reading room with a vaulted ceiling. Now, William Peace University has a library suitable for the students of today.

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