The 120,000-square foot William H. Hannon Library represents a new paradigm in the delivery of information services to students, faculty, and staff.

With this vision, the library is a dynamic learning hub that can accommodate rapidly-evolving technology and includes over 30 group study rooms and collaborative study spaces, a 50-seat café, a 24/7 media lounge, and the capacity to support an expanding book collection.

In addition to the internal programmatic charge, the design capitalizes on its prominent location and the stakeholders’ desire to have a building that would serve a dual role: to function as a gateway linking the academic and residential precincts as well as act as an identifiable landmark both inside and outside the campus.

The design of the library is inspired by these goals, the context of the site, and the guiding principle that the new library should be of its time, of its place and of its patron.


  • – New American Architecture: 10 Standout Buildings (2010)
  • Illuminating Engineering Society of Los Angeles – Award of Merit (2010)
  • American Libraries – American Libraries’ Library Design Showcase (2010)