Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Study Spaces: Architecture Library

My sister and I love to sketch floor plans. A few years back, when we had more free time, we would come up with designs for our future homes, studios, and workplaces. I always thought that it would be fun to take a course in architecture. Now, with departmentals, independent work, and an overabundance of courses that satisfy the LA requirement, it looks like the closest I will get to this field at Princeton is studying in the architecture library.

This library is located on the second floor of the School of Architecture, and as I climbed up the stairs this morning, rain dripped cinematically down the building’s modern glass walls. Inside the library, however, I felt transported. Despite the school’s modern renovations, its library is comfortingly old-fashioned, right down to the vintage ring of the front desk’s telephone.

The focus of this library is clearly on its non-circulating collection, as the few tables meant for studying are clustered near the entrance. But there is one tucked privately in the back, which is where I found my post.

The numerous carrels here are all reserved for thesis-writing seniors in the architecture school. So if you are not one of these seniors and are looking for isolation, this study space may not be for you. That being said, with the exception of the librarians chatting for a minute in a language that I didn’t recognize, this seems like a tranquil spot. There are armchairs next to the windows, where you can look out onto 1879 and Marx Halls, and it would be hard to find a library that is more centrally located.

But if you’re looking for a complaint, I will return to my outlet gripe. Why are the outlets in these libraries so inconveniently located? Oh well, I still have plenty of study spaces to explore. One is bound to have a place for me to plug in my laptop.


Architecture Library Hours:

Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-11:45 pm

Saturday, 10:00 am-11:45 pm

Sunday, 1:00 pm-11:45 pm


-Meghan Todt ‘11

1 comment:

hannah said...

What a lovely endorsement of our library. I am pleased it provides you with a quiet, central perch despite the power strips (but I know what you mean!).

With the exception of Firestone, the Architecture Library is the only library on campus that has not yet been renovated. Despite the lousy economic climate, stay tuned for some physical upgrades designed to improve upon the library's study spaces and functionality. Thanks again for the post! Cordially, Hannah Bennett, Architecture Librarian, School of Architecture.