|This was, of
course, the most controversial addition.
And it was controversial in its time, too. It took as long to plan and build this
addition as it took to plan and build the entire 1939 building. But what it accomplished was to nearly
double the bookstacks in the building, add a modern reference area, and to
add a large periodicals room. So the 1960s
addition was about study space, this addition was about bookstacks and
services. The older building was
intended to be used as reader space.
The materials and major services were to be located in the modern
reoriented the building from the west entrance to a new entrance on the east
facing the science buildings. The
circulation desk was just as you walk into the building with the reference
area to the right. A large, grand
stairway to the left takes you to the main stacks tower. If you think about that layout, it does
make sense. For example, there was
elevator access all the way from 3C directly to the circulation desk. That’s nice design.
though, is that the architecture is inflexible. If any one of those elements is moved—like
the circulation desk being moved thirty feet to the left—then the whole
entrance fails to function.