Holabird & Root
June 30, 2002
Holabird & Root (Rochester, MN) recently completed the Eastern Illinois University Booth Library Renovation and Addition, located in Charleston, IL. Originally constructed in 1948, this collegiate-gothic university library included a large entry hall, reading rooms and a central circulation desk with closed stacks. While a 1968 addition provided space for growth, it detracted from the original character of the building by covering the south facade, replacing the main entry with a side entry and creating a circuitous path through the building. Holabird & Root's design preserves the integrity of the original library, reestablishes a clear organization of spaces and integrates current technologies for information retrieval in this 134,200-sq-ft renovation of existing space and 12,800-sq-ft addition.