Re-imagining Shields

Peter J. Shields Library
February 13 - March 19, 2012

Step into Peter J. Shields Library and you may see the future. On display in the lobby are architectural drawings suggesting ways Shields Library could be remodeled to bring it into the 21st Century, visions conceived and drafted by UC Davis design students.

Professor Mark Kessler (teaching Design 180A) has created a course that focuses attention on the real world challenges of designing the research library of tomorrow. He challenged his students to make better use of the front of the library: the entrance, the lobby, stair case and first and second floor spaces. The students studied existing plans, researched library design literature, observed the social use of our spaces, and interviewed librarians and library users to come up with designs that might accommodate the multiple, and sometimes, competing demands of an academic library.

The results of this assignment are on display. Come see how this talented group of students imagined a redesigned Peter J. Shields and let us know what you think. Send questions or comments to:

Daniel Goldstein
Arts and Humanities Librarian
University Library, UC Davis

Poster from the Re-imagining Shields Library exhibit