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Moon Library Renovation Survey - Spring 2023

by Matthew R. Smith on 2023-01-31T15:44:00-05:00 | 0 Comments

Take the Survey (approximately 2 minutes)


Informing the Next Phase of Renovation

The next major phase of renovations at Moon Library will involve creating a lower-level entrance on the south side (facing Marshall Hall) of the building. This will also provide us with an opportunity to renovate the adjacent spaces and bring different programming and functions into the facility. In response to student requests. Our intermediate-term goals are:
  • Eventually make the entire lower-level a 24-7 space that will be accessed by ID card after hours.
  • Bring synergistic programming and student-facing services into the building.
  • Create student-dedicated spaces.
  • Create a Prayer and Meditation room and Wudu.
  • Create predominantly gender-neutral restrooms.
  • Improved vending and a comfort station to wash dishes, reheat food, etc.

The Current Facility

The renovations will involve the lower-level southwest corner and the exterior façade of that corner of the building. It is circled in the image to the right. 

A photograph taken from street level of the exterior of the southwest corner of Moon Library. The exterior is Brutalist Architecture and is concrete and red brick. Computer drawn two dimensional campus map with the southwest corner of Moon Library circled.

We envision the façade looking something like the pen and ink drawing below. This drawing reflects the landscaping and pathing changes that are part of the Marshall Hall renovation project.

A pen and ink conceptual drawing of the southwest corner of Moon Library showing what a glass facade that removes the red brick and newly created entry may look like.

The interior space of the building as of 2022 is pictured below. The outlined area is the focus of this phase of the construction.

A two dimensional architectural draft of the lower level of Moon Library as it is in 2022. The rooms in the southwest corner of the building that will be affected by the renovation are outlined.


A concept of what the interior layout could look like is below.  This demonstrates how it would connect to the landscaping that will be created as part of the Marshall Hall renovation project.

A two dimensional architectural draft of the lower level of Moon Library that depicts reimagined spaces devoted to students with a building entryway integrated into campus walking infrastructure.

Our student-informed actions to date

In response to student requests, we created an area with both flexible seating and collaborative stations.

A room with a variety of tables and chairs and two collaboration stations mounted on the wall.


Renovated the lower level to create the Academic Success Center and for the first time co-located these services in one location. As part of this renovation, reservable small-group study rooms were created.

The lounge area of the Academic Success Center in lower Moon Library. A team room and staff offices can be seen in adjacent areas.

The main entrance and lobby area of the library was renovated based on student input (surveys like this one) and framed by design best-practices to create more space for students to congregate and meet casually, create additional seating with lots of natural light, and create the Café @ Moon.

A photo of the lobby area of Moon Library, focused on the cafe entry.

We have updated the furniture and furnishings based on student input.

A photograph of an adjustable height desk and multi-purpose work surfaces where the PC lowers into the desk. Library bookshelves are in the background.


We have added “Zenbooth” – sound dampened individual study spaces.

Three individual glass-doored study cubicles.



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