Queen’s University selects CS&P Architects to plan new library

CS&P Architects has won the bid process to create the long-term Library and Archives Master Plan (LAMP) for Queen’s University, which will shape the future direction of its library system. With technology rapidly increasing the ability to store library collections in digital form, the project team will explore new opportunities to repurpose existing physical spaces to better serve student and faculty needs for enhanced teaching, learning and research.

“Libraries are all about inspiring learning, sparking creativity and building community,” says Queen’s University Librarian Martha Whitehead. “We’re excited to be working with CS&P to think about how we can best do that through our spaces.” CS&P has worked with educational institutions for more than 50 years and has designed and master-planned libraries from branch and municipal facilities to post-secondary institutional libraries and Learning Commons. Their work includes library projects at the University of Guelph, Sheridan College, Cambrian College and Tyndale University.

“The digital revolution means libraries are no longer built around the storage of large physical collections of books and journals,” explains Paul Cravit, principal at CS&P Architects. “We now have a tremendous opportunity to design library spaces to better support student creativity and success.”

CS&P has previously worked with Queen’s University for their renovation/addition to the MacDonald Hall Faculty of Law, as well as the Tindall Field Redevelopment and Parking Facility. The Library and Archives Master Plan will be completed by June 2013.

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