Albert & Shirley Small Special Collections Library


Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library (2004)

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

The new library houses the University's Rare Books and Special Collections, which include valuable documents such as Thomas Jefferson's original papers. As an adjunct to the main University libraries, the new facility establishes a separate, but related identity. Constructing the bulk of the new library below grade preserves the library quadrangle as an open green. The library provides seminar rooms, visiting scholar offices, exhibition and meeting spaces, rare book and manuscript preparation spaces, a state of the art digital processing area and a new below-grade archive. In addition to the main reading room and secure special collection stacks which house the main reading room and staff areas on one level and the secure special collection stacks below.