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Doane Library and Mudd Learning Center Master Plan and Renovation

01 Challenge

Denison University enlisted BHDP to develop a physical master plan that translates the vision, goals, and objectives of Denison University libraries into an inspirational and logical approach for the transformation of the William Howard Doane Library and Mudd Learning Center.

02 Solution

From the master plan, BHPD implemented phased renovations to the 1930’s and 1950’s portions of Doane Library to create a cohesive and timeless design throughout the library. Renovations include upgrades to the original lobby, President’s Room, Reading Room, and new study lounges and collaboration areas.

Quick Facts

Project Cost $5.7 million

Completion Date 2020

Location Granville, OH

Originally built in 1936, the library was expanded to accommodate the growing stacks in 1957. The Seeley G. Mudd Learning Resources Center was added in 1981, and the unique atrium and learning commons along with it. While these more modern updates were beneficial, they somewhat changed the original design of the library.

Our renovations aimed to “restore some of the historic grandeur lost in the 80s” and better accommodate student's preferences. With these improvements, the library is now more utilized than ever. 

The library is the intellectual hub of the campus, both in real and virtual terms.

BethAnn Zambella, Director of Libraries at Denison University