The Newberry Library is a world-renowned independent research institution offering an extensive non-circulating collection of rare books, maps, music, manuscripts spanning six centuries. Our Master Plan sets up a restoration and renovation strategy for the Newberry’s entire 237,000 GSF building, comprised of the original circa 1893 structure and subsequent circa 1982 storage annex.
Working with Library leadership, trustees, and staff we developed space programming and conceptual options based on their primary goals for the building. These goals include improved access to and visibility of collections, clarification of wayfinding and circulation, optimization of the building’s exterior to create a more welcoming approach, and the provision of modern and flexible education spaces. The Plan addresses the long-term space utilization of the entire Library building, with an underlying focus on the rejuvenation and recovery of building’s architectural heritage. A separate study of immediate change needed for the entrance levels led to a subsequent first phase of renovation, now completed.