Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
New York University
New York, NY
Phase I Renewal and Renovations
As the start of an ongoing multi-year renovation of NYU’s iconic
490,000 square foot main library on Washington Square, Alspector Architecture re-evaluated
the library’s master plan and developed a detailed library program. The completed design
includes a careful renewal of the first two above grade floors of Philip Johnson’s 1972
building and the comprehensive transformation of the buildings two below-grade levels.
The program required support for learner-centered and collaborative teaching, research and
study methods. Alspector Architecture developed a rich variety of spaces, including
circulation and reference centers; technology, reserves and microforms help desks; computer
classrooms; refreshment lounge; and a variety of individual and collaborative study spaces.