The Hillier Group was asked to begin the Health Sciences
Library project by evaluating potential revisions to the original program to reduce its
size so that construction cost would not exceed the Universitys $18,000,000 budget.
We estimated that the original Davis Brody Bond program for 97,045 net assignable sq. ft.
would require construction of a new building with a gross area of approximately
135,000-sq. ft. We believe a building of this size would exceed the Universitys
budget by at least $6,000,000.00. We see our target for new construction falling somewhere
between 80,000 and 85,000 gross sq. ft. This translates to an assignable area of 56,400
net sq. ft. to 60,000 net sq. ft.
After reviewing the original program document and meeting
with the Universitys project manager, we gathered programs for a few Health Sciences
libraries that were recently or soon to be constructed. We obtained a copy of the
Association of Academic Health Sciences Library Directors "Annual Statistics of
Medical School Libraries in the United States and Canada" as a Benchmarking reference
source. We also did an Internet search to obtain additional information.
The Annette & Irwin Eskind
Vanderbilt Medical Center
Area 77,000 GSF (in four floor levels)
Collections 205,757 volumes total, including 68,657 monograph titles
Seating (not available)
Staff FTE 40.18: 2 professional; 24.6 paraprofessional;3.58 student
assistants Patron Population (not available)
Use Statistics 166,485 gate, 28,222 reference, 445,517 circulation
Comments This is a new facility designed by
Davis, Brody & Associates, the firm that helped prepare Howard Universitys
program. The 1st floor includes the Circulation and Document Delivery Service;
Reference; Information & Education Services; Recent Journals; New Books;and shared
computer workstations. The 2nd floor includes Journals and reading areas and
group studies, Administration and Technical Services. The 3rd Floor includes Book
Collections and reading areas, group study, Historical Collection and a 20 seat conference
room. The 4th floor is dedicated to the Informatics Center, Division of Biomedical
Informatics and the Active Digital Library.
The Claude Moore Health
University of Virginia Health Sciences Center
Area 69,436 GSF (in three floor levels)
Collections 191,200 volumes total, including 59,697 monograph titles
Seating 401 (including 110 at computer workstations)
Staff FTE 48.83: 16.1 professional; 28 paraprofessional; 4.73 student
Patron Population (not available)
Use Statistics 351,375 gate; 60,115 reference; 298,936 circulation
Comments This facility will go through
major renovation and a 7,171 GSF addition this summer. Important technology related goals
include exploring how library knowledge-based resources will link to a new clinical
information system; mechanisms to support adding images to its database using standardized
formats such as MARC and UMLS. The ground floor holds Historical Collections, Lecture
space, Collection Processing & Cataloging; the 1st floor includes
Electronic Classrooms, Multipurpose Workstations, Group Study Rooms, Book Collections, and
Reading Areas. The Main Entry Floor includes the Service Desks, Multipurpose Workstations,
Group Studies, Journal Collections, Staff Offices and Reading Rooms.
The Robert W. Woodruff Health
Sciences Center Library
Area (not available) (in two floor levels)
Collections 216,129 volumes total, including 61,458 monograph titles
Seating (not available)
Staff FTE 46.86: 15.88 professional; 24.9 paraprofessional; 6.09 student
Patron Population (not available)
Use Statistics 301,107 gate, 30,727 reference, 178,508 circulation
Comments As noted above, the library is
currently planning to introduce an Informatics program. The 1st floor houses
the Circulation and Reference Desks, New Books, Current Periodicals and Bound Journals
from 1986-1998, Cataloging, Collections Management and Administration Offices. The 2nd
floor includes Bound Journals from 1960-1985, Inter-Library Loan, Books, a Special
Collection Room and Historical Collection Room, Computer Lab, Media Services and
Audiovisual Collections and a Classroom.
The Health Sciences Library
Area 63,681 GSF (planned in two floor
levels), (31,579 existing)
Collections 105,129 volumes total, including 61,818 monograph titles
Seating 797 planned, (415 existing)
Staff FTE 26.17: 5.9 professional; 12.25 paraprofessional; 7.93 student
Patron Population 2,957 students and 2,191 faculty & hospital staff
Use Statistics 326,590 gate, 3,774 reference, 16,771 circulation
Comments The consolidated Health Sciences
Library facility will be located in a two floor alteration and renovation project within
the School of Dentistry building, across the street from the Medical Center. The Entry
Floor includes a street level Lobby and Security Station, a Student Lounge area and a
number of Large Computer Classroom/Labs and Staff Offices. All other Library functions are
housed in an expansive 2nd floor. Because of the limited amount of space
available the program document recommends storing older Bound Periodicals in compact
shelving and a move to computer access for future storage of many back issue periodical
The Health Sciences Library
University of Maryland at Baltimore
Area 130,000 GSF (estimated from net figure
quoted in the program document)
Collections 331,727 volumes total, including 145,889 monograph titles. The
program document for this recently completed project lists a 309,100 volume 1990
collection that is projected to grow to 509.000 by 2010.
Seating not available
Staff FTE 55: 24 professional, 30.5 paraprofessional and .5 student
assistants. The program document projects staff growth to 73.5 by 2010.
Patron Population not available
Use Statistics 220,538 gate, 51,949 reference, 403,144 circulation
Comments This recently completed new
Library also includes facilities for the University Information Technology Department (not
included in above area figure). The program document lists the following technology rooms
for the Library:
- TALs Rooms (Technically Assisted Learning) 770
SF IBM & 480 SF MAC
- Video TAL 2 @ 600 SF
- IS Demo Room 400 SF
- Large Meeting Room 50-100 seats 1500 SF
Program Reduction Strategies
Based on our preliminary analysis we found three major
areas of the original program that looked as if they might be candidates for significant
reduction. These included collections storage space and an extensive Learning Resource
Center component and related new staff area dedicated to "Knowledge Creation",
otherwise known as Biomedical Informatics. Similar Informatics spaces show up in
practically all the Health Sciences library programs we researched, though not occupying
as high a percentage of the total program area as Howard Universitys.
At our initial meeting with Dr. Minor we reviewed our
preliminary Benchmarking data and space reduction strategies and learned that he was
especially interested in the recently constructed library at Vanderbilt University, a
facility he apparently regarded as a good standard for the Howard project. Dr. Minor
wished to know how the reduced program would stand in comparison. He also expressed an
interest in the technology, the number of computer drops to be provided in our project as
well as the physical size and program makeup for the proposed Health Sciences Library. We
learned that the Vanderbilt Biomedical Library was a four-story building with a gross area
of 77,000-sq. ft., a collection capacity of 205,757 volumes and a total staff of 40.18
FTE. Our recommendations for the Howard University Health Sciences Library are actually
somewhat higher in all these categories.
We contacted AAHSLD for additional information including
the size of the libraries, the number of patrons they serve and the amount of seating
provided. The last time they compiled such information was 1990. However, many libraries
have been expanded or replaced with new facilities since then. We were told that an update
is due out in May or June of this year.
Because the Biomedical Informatics program is in early
development at Howard University, we were especially interested to learn how Biomedical
Informatics was handled at other health science libraries. From our Internet search we
learned that according to Michael Vannier, MD of the Emory University Health Sciences
Center Library, "Biomedical Informatics is an emerging discipline that bridges
traditional boundaries between basic sciences and clinical medicine. The end objective of
Biomedical Informatics is the coalescing of scientific data, medical knowledge, and the
tools necessary to apply that data and knowledge in a decision-making process, at the time
and place that a decision needs to be made."
Some institutions (including Stanford, Harvard, Duke) have
academic programs in Biomedical Informatics. Emory University does not, and is currently
involved in a 2 year IAIMS (Integrated Advanced Information Management Systems) planning
process which is centered in the library. We believe it would be helpful to contact a
number of institutions to learn more about the various strategies employed to implement
and house Informatics programs.
Though a number of institutions have established this
program in an academic department while others have chosen their library, by definition it
is apparent that, once established, the use of the system should not be focused in one
location. As with other uses of information technology, the trend is for it to be
integrated with other user activities. Given that there are medical professionals spread
throughout the Hospital Complex, as well as faculty, researchers and students at a number
of professional schools in different buildings all using and contributing to this system,
a fair amount of this technology must eventually reside outside the Health Sciences
Library. For example, there are many seminar rooms in the Seeley G. Mudd building that are
the correct size and configuration to be upgraded to PBL classroom/labs. The
Universitys project representatives, including Bryant H. Logan, the Director of
Informatics have agreed to our recommendations for the program reductions in Informatics.
Similarly, the assumption that there will be remote access
to the Health Sciences Library and Informatics data bases from faculty and professional
staff work spaces, academic departments and even from off-campus locations provides a
rationale for at least some reduction of library seating requirements.
The Librarians helped us to develop the following
strategies for reducing the amount of space that will be provided in the new library for
- Continue to house the 57,308 volumes of Monographs currently
in "storage" in the same manner.
- Keep the oldest third of the Serials Collection in the old
- Keep the oldest third of the Monograph Collections in the
old existing stacks.
- Construct at least half of the 3rd and 4th
floor stack areas with the capacity to support compact shelving in the event this is
needed in the future.
- Begin selecting back issue serial subscriptions that will be
only stored in CD-ROM or microform format. The librarians believe that the number of
serial titles that will be restricted to electronic storage will increase in the future.
The Comparative Program Summary and detailed program
included in this report illustrates that by employing the space saving strategies
described above we have been able to reduce the net assignable area to 58,459 sq. ft.,
which should result in a gross building area of approximately 83,000 sq. ft.
We began our planning study with a walking tour of the
Howard University campus and a review of the Site Studies included in the original Davis
Brody Bond Space Program and the latest submission of the University Master Plan. We paid
special attention to the outdoor spaces and the placement of existing buildings to better
understand the campus structure and patterns. We learned that the University wishes to
unify and define the southern end of the Howard campus (south of Bryant Street) and
provide a focal point and central outdoor space for The Health Sciences Complex. We
believe it is also important to create a greater sense of continuity and connection
between the southern and northern parts of the campus.
For the most part, the perimeter of the campus north of
Bryant Street is clearly defined. The interior of this part of the campus conveys a strong
sense of place and community. 4th Street and Georgia Avenue are busy streets
that form the east and west edges of the Howard Universitys central academic core.
Howard Place connects these streets and passes through the center of the campus. There are
memorable gateways at 4th and 6th Streets and Howard Place that lead
into the Main Quadrangle or "Heart of the Campus". 6th Street acts as
the primary spine of vehicular and pedestrian traffic within the campus in the north-south
direction. In addition to 6th Street there are pedestrian walks and steps that
help to connect the campus through a series of outdoor passages and spaces such as the
The Health Sciences Complex and the majority of University
Hospital facilities are located south of Bryant Street. Though the Howard University
Hospital (HUH) operates facilities at twelve different properties the perimeter of
Hospital site itself, is also fairly well defined. This is especially true as seen when
approaching from Georgia Avenue through its park like entry. Unfortunately, the same
cannot be said for the Health Sciences Complex.
The College of Dentistry building, the College of
Medicine/East, the College of Medicine/West, the Seeley G. Mudd building and the present
Health Sciences Library are located on the south side of W Street. These buildings are
interconnected with a labyrinth of corridors and are linked to the Hospital by a
glass-enclosed bridge. Though there are lobby spaces in each building, none of these is
large enough to serve as a "Commons" for the entire Health Sciences Complex. The
University wants to create such a Commons within the new library. Given the height and
width of the College of Dentistry building and especially the Seeley G. Mudd building,
they are set quite close to the street. The College of Medicine/East building has a deeper
setback providing a sunnier and somewhat more comfortable outdoor space for gathering.
This space should be coordinated into the planning of the larger central outdoor space
that will be developed as part of the Health Sciences Library project.
The School of Nursing and Allied Health building, the
Center for Hypertension and the Health Affairs building are located on the north side of W
Street. In its present configuration, W Street actually seems to separate rather than
connect the Health Sciences facilities. This is most evident on the North side of the
street where little is provided to differentiate the campus from the surrounding
The view from the south side of W Street, looking north is
very disorganized and uninviting in appearance. There is a gas station at the corner of
Georgia Avenue and W Street and two small parking lots at the 6th Street
intersection. 6th Street terminates at W Street and aligns with an alley-like
entry to the current Health Sciences Library set between the Seeley G. Mudd and School of
Dentistry buildings. Though beyond the scope of this project, we believe it is very
important to improve the 6th Street and W Street intersection.
The Center for Hypertension, a small neoclassic brick and
limestone building constructed in 1913, is the only building on the northern side W Street
located directly on the street. The Health Affairs building, otherwise known as Annex 2,
is a "temporary" structure built in 1970, in what was once a courtyard between
The Center for Hypertension and the School of Nursing and Allied Health building. These
three buildings appear crowded together. The remainder of the block is occupied by a large
chain link fence enclosed parking lot. This parking lot looks more like the rough edge of
the campus rather than a point of connection to the Main Campus. This is the campus
planning problem that will be most directly improved by the Health Sciences Library
We agree with the President Swygerts assertion that
there is much to be learned in looking back to the old Cassell Master Plan for the campus.
Of particular interest to this project, Mr. Cassells plan called for the creation of
a park just south of what was then the Freedmens Hospital. The center of this park
was to include two parallel tree-lined walks running north from the terminus of 5th
Street at W Street and set on axis with the semicircular drive at the Freedmens
Hospital (now the C. B. Powell building). Though it is no longer possible to create a park
that occupies the entire block, our plan incorporates a quadrangle of similar size and
configuration as the original central portion. It will be a relatively large open space
comparable in size and shape to the existing Science Quadrangle. The impressive appearance
and the symbolism associated with the history of C. B. Powell building makes it an
appropriate backdrop for the proposed Health Sciences Quadrangle.
Mr. Cassells Master Plan also suggested extension of
the park-like planting scheme across to the southern side of W Street and the alignment of
walkways on he north side of the street with walks and building entries on the south side
of this street. We agree with this strategy. We believe it is especially important to
establish such connections at the intersection of 5th and W Streets and at the
small plaza in front of the lobby of the College of Medicine/East building. Using similar
paving, planting, signage, streetlights, site walls, fences and gates and establishing
clearly defined crosswalks along W Street and Bryant Street will effectively connect the
Health Sciences and Hospital Complex area to the main campus. Such improvements will also
reinforce what is presently the weakest section of the eastern perimeter of the campus.
The current Howard University Master Plan proposes siting
the new Health Sciences Library on the eastern most third of the block bounded by W
Street, Bryant Street, 4th and 6th Streets. This creates a number of
intriguing opportunities that we have explored in our preliminary site planning studies.
These studies also had to take into consideration the potential for future expansion of
the Library and an additional Health Science related or other academic building on this
We initially developed five site concept alternatives for
this project and reviewed the pros and cons of each with representatives of the
Universitys project team. Based upon this review it was agreed that we would
continue to study options D & E which were renamed respectively as B & A:
Option A This scheme sets
a 4-story Health Sciences Library directly adjacent to and parallel with the eastern edge
of the new quadrangle. Based upon soils information recently obtained by the University we
concluded that the high water table and poor soils conditions at this site makes a
basement level impractical. The Librarys setback from Bryant Street will be equal to
that of the School of Nursing and Allied Heath building. This maintains a wide enough
green space to promote comfortable pedestrian movement from the new Health Sciences
Quadrangle to the northern part of the campus, via Bryant, 4th and 6th
Streets. It also provides adequate space for deliveries and parking for a limited number
of handicapped and staff.
One of the greatest strengths of this scheme is that does
not rely on future construction to provide sufficient closure to define the quadrangle.
The library entry will be located at the southwest corner of this building making it
highly visible and convenient to its patrons. The majority of public reading spaces will
face west towards the new quadrangle and southwest towards the Health Sciences and
Hospital facilities, enhancing security. Because the land east of the Library will not be
readily seen from the quadrangle, there is little need for heavy landscaping for this area
other than to identity it as part of the campus.
Option A provides space for 80,000 to 100,000 SF of future
construction to be located east of the proposed library. This scheme suggests a
"U-shaped" footprint for the future construction, creating a partially enclosed
courtyard behind the Library. The future construction would have a strong presence on 4th
Street and W Street, defining an important edge of the campus.
An additional site for future construction can be created
on W Street just south of the School of Nursing and Allied Health building. Replacing the
Center for Hypertension and the Health Affairs buildings with a larger and taller new
building can do this. This would also recreate the courtyard that was lost when the Annex
2 building was constructed.
Option B In this scheme
the 4-story Health Sciences Library is set with its long axis parallel to W Street. Its
entry will also be at the southwest corner of the building. As is Option A, this entry is
very visible and convenient. In this scheme, it will be possible to provide an additional
entry near the northwest corner of the building. Initially this scheme will provide much
less enclosure along the eastern edge of the quadrangle. It will create a strong presence
along W Street to the corner of 4th Street.
We recommend an "L-shaped" configuration for the
future buildings to be constructed east of the new quad. This construction would be along
4th street and on Bryant Street, with a setback that matches the School of
Nursing and Allied Health building. This will create a semi-enclosed courtyard that can be
entered directly from the quadrangle. Major views for Health Sciences Library patrons will
be to the north, into this courtyard. Among the shortfalls of this scheme are that it
provides less security on the quadrangle and before the future buildings are constructed,
it requires more landscaping north of the Library. As in Option A, additional future
construction can be located south of the School of Nursing and Allied Health building.
Along with these site plans, we developed blocking and
stacking diagrams (simple floor layouts locating each function by floor level). These
diagrams describe the recommended adjacency relationships for various elements of the
program. We then prepared concept floor plans that helped to illustrate exterior and
interior design opportunities, potential views and site relationships for both options.
The Universitys project representatives selected Option A.
Option A --
Building Design Concept Narrative
Based upon specific programmatic requirements and site
constraints, the proposed Library building plan is generally organized so that each level
is divided into three zones. The first zone is dedicated primarily to special functions,
some of which will be occupied after the normal operating hours of the library. Therefore
this zone is located at the southern end of the building beyond the line of internal
library security. The second zone is north of the security point on the east side of the
building. It includes the majority of staff offices and most of the stacks for back-issue
periodicals and monograph collections. The third zone houses the majority of the
librarys user seating/study space. It is placed on the west side of the building to
provide views of the new quadrangle.
First Floor Layout / Drawing
You enter the Health Sciences Library building at the base
of a tower that leads into a large 4-story lobby atrium. The atrum will be the Health
Sciences Commons. The Commons will include exhibits, a building directory and information
kiosk, security desk and visitor seating area with views of the entry plaza. The seating
area will be located adjacent to a snack bar. The Commons will also be used for health
fairs, fund raising, receptions and as a pre-function lobby for a complex of meeting
rooms. The meeting complex includes the following rooms:
- 40 seat Presentation/Community Resource Center that is
fit-up with flexible conference table seating, state-of-the-art media equipment (including
distance learning) and data ports so that it can be divided for smaller groups and can
also be used as Problem Based Learning classrooms.
- 15 seat room for videoconferencing with medical
professionals in other cities. It will have a video projector, portable video equipment,
retractable screen, white boards (wired for future electronic whiteboard) and Network
ports at table surfaces for laptop use.
- 5 seat Telemedicine Center and storage room, set up for
telemedicine consulting and telephone diagnosis. The room will have two workstations, plus
network access for laptops, videoconferencing cameras and equipment on moveable carts and
The other functions in this area include a security office,
service kitchen, snack bar and related storage and toilet facilities. This complex will
serve large groups of both University and outside visitors. By locating these functions
within this zone we limit traffic and disruption through quieter library areas.
On entering the Library proper, you will find a grand
stairway and public elevator to your left. The elevator is a dual-entry type so that the
library side can be secured after normal operating hours. Further to the left of the
library entry, beyond the stair and elevator, are the Information Services Desk,
Information and Education Services workstations and offices. This is a highly active
service center providing expert consultation related to print reference and electronic
based information resources. The service desk will monitor the Reference collection and
reading room located on the west side of the library as well as the stand-up catalog
stations and the many Reference and individual computer workstations located at the center
of the first floor. These workstations are situated at the bottom of a 4-story atrium, an
attractive design feature that links all the levels of the library visually. A clerestory
at the top of this atrium will bring controlled natural light into the center of the
The Access Services Department is located to the right of
the library entry. This area includes a large desk with Circulation, Reserves, ILL
(Inter-Library Loan) and Media service points. Our plan concentrates the handling of
circulating collections, media and materials borrowed from other institutions in a common
location. Related staff workstations and offices, central printing and the media
control/equipment room are directly behind this desk. This "one-stop-shopping"
approach to patron service helps to maximize staff utilization and availability. Thirty
multi-media workstations are provided in a glass enclosed room located just north of the
Media service point. Though normally used as an open lab, this room can be used for
teaching and can be divided into one 10-seat and one 20-seat space. Patrons can get
immediate assistance and obtain software directly from the media desk, via the LAN and
campus-wide network or, as in the case for many videos, from centrally controlled banks of
VCRs and disc players.
The building support and delivery area is located at the
northeast corner of the first floor. With the exception of a vendor provided central
copying service, these are "back-of-house" areas. A staff/service elevator and
stairway connects this area to the Technical Services offices and workstations above it on
the fourth floor.
Second Floor Layout / Drawing
Entering the second floor from the main stair or elevator
puts you at the southern end of the library atrium. There are standup catalog terminals
here and in similar locations on the 3rd and 4th floors. On each
floor there are carrels and individual computer workstations surrounding the atrium.
Public toilets located just to the right of the elevator and main stair on each floor. To
the left of the atrium is the Current Periodicals Reading Room and a smaller
"tower" reading room. The Current Periodicals Room has glazed partitions and
doors for control and to bring in natural light. It will be designed as an inviting and
relaxed area with ample views of the new quadrangle. The room will include periodical
display shelving, comfortable reading tables and lounge seating, microfilm cabinets and
reader/printer stations. As on the first floor, the planning goal was to combine as many
related functions as possible in a common service area. A service desk and staff
workstation is located near the entry to this room to provide assistance in the use of
this material and related computer and microform equipment.
The northern end and northeastern corner of this floor
houses seven group study rooms, each accommodating 4-6 students. It also holds the
beginning of the Bound Serials Collection. Facilities dedicated to Informatics occupy the
balance of the second floor. The introduction of group study facilities and Informatics
are two very important aspects of the new Health Sciences Library project. Biomedical
Informatics is an emerging discipline that bridges traditional boundaries between basic
sciences and clinical medicine. The University librarians chose the second floor location
for Informatics because they believe it is essential to fully integrate this new learning
technique with the more traditional research activities on the 1st and 2nd
To foster this relationship there are two glass-enclosed
Informatics rooms visible from the center of the library, a 30-seat Informatics Training
Room and a student and junior faculty workroom filled with Informatics workstations.
Across from these rooms to the east are eight offices for staff associated with
Informatics administration, program development, teaching and graphics.
Moving into the southern end of the second floor you will
find a eight (8) rooms that are dedicated to Problem Based Learning (Informatics). These
electronic classrooms will be furnished with large conference style tables to promote
flexibility so they can also be used as seminar rooms, computer labs and group study
spaces. Each will serve 12 students, providing 6 shared computer workstations and network
ports and power for laptop use flanking each shared station. Where possible, moveable
partitions will be provided (with white board surfaces) to allow conversion of rooms for
12 into rooms for 24.
For security purposes the rooms will have card access
hardware. Because they will regularly be used after-hours, doors or gates will be provided
to separate these classrooms from the Informatics offices and library collections. At
night, this area will be monitored by a staff member or student assistant and it will have
security cameras tied into the security office. The southern, or special function areas of
the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors as well as each library level
entry area will have views into the Lobby Atrium. This will strengthen the buildings
identity as the focus of the Health Sciences learning community.
Third Floor Layout / Drawing
As previously mentioned the basic layout of the third and
fourth floors are similar to the second floor. The third floor is primarily dedicated to
Bound Serial collections, related seating areas and group studies. Patron seating and
computer workstations will be concentrated around the atrium, on the east side of the
building and in the tower reading room. Three group studies are provided at the northwest
corner of the library and a fourth is located adjacent to the tower room.
The librarys administrative offices are located at
the southern part of the third floor, allowing this area can be secured during the
evening. The Special Collections Room and Special Collections Stack are adjacent to these
offices. This provides convenient monitoring of these secured collection materials. It
also allows the Special Collection Room to be used as a meeting/conference room, in the
same way this is done at the Founders Library.
The Closed Stack will provide a specially controlled
preservation environment and will have the capacity to hold 12,000 volumes in electric
compact shelving. The Reading room will provide a beautiful, secure and controlled
environment for the display and use of special collections devoted to black health issues
and the contribution of black practitioners to the history of medicine, and rare books.
This room is very prominently located at the southern end of the building, providing
wonderful views into the atrium, the new quadrangle and to the Health Sciences Complex and
Hospital on W Street and 5th Street.
Fourth Floor Layout / Drawing
The Technical Services offices and the staff lounge and
lockers are located at the northeast corner of the fourth floor. This addresses the
librarians desire for a staff presence on every level of the Library. With the
exception of these staff facilities, the fourth floor is entirely dedicated to Bound
Serials and Monograph Collections and related patron seating, including a Tower Reading
Room. One group study room is adjacent to Tower Room, three are provided at the northwest
corner of the library and five are located at the southern end of the building. An
attractive feature of this floor is that it provides open use library seating with views
into both atrium spaces.
As evident in the preceding project description, the
proposed new Health Sciences Library will provide the many important resources, services
and new technologies which are needed to support the students, faculty and researchers of
all the Universitys Health Sciences programs and the staff the Howard University
Hospital. It will also greatly improve the Universitys ability to share critically
important information with health professionals and researchers at many other institutions
and to provide outreach services to the surrounding community.
This project will provide a high quality interior
environment and the appropriate outdoor setting to serve as the focus of the Health
Sciences Community and as the symbol of the Universitys commitment to these
programs. We believe this project will also effectively join the northern and southern
sectors of the campus