The Capilano College Library Building (called the Capilano University Library since September 2008), which opened in 1993, represented the completion of Phase II of Capilano College's building program. The project consisted of a three-storey structure, which integrated the former single-storey library building. The renovated 12,000 square foot former library now houses the Circulation Department offices, Audio-Visual Services, Librarians' offices, Technical Services, the Library classroom, and the University Archives, as well as other University departments such as Continuing Education, Marketing and Communications, and the Education Technology Centre. The first and second floors of the new building contain study spaces, the main library collection, Reference and Circulation Services, and the Computer Learning Centre Lab. Capacity for growth includes an additional 18,000 square feet on the third floor of the new building which is currently not part of the Library itself but is used for meeting rooms and classrooms.
The architectural designers, Henriquez and Partners, have maintained a West Coast ambience throughout the Library's interior. Wainscotting and millwork are crafted from maple. A sunken reading area in the northeast corner of the main floor features comfortable couches and a three-storey skylight. Cross-cut sections of trees that formerly grew on the site are highlighted at specific points on the first floor ceiling. A stylized boat keel and light reflectors underline strong connections to the ocean. Uniquely-shaped study stations on both the first and second floors have been installed along windowed walls, overlooking the forested areas of the campus.
For more information about the construction and architectural features of the building, refer to this publication which is available in the Library (Call number: NA740 .O5 no.1 (1999).
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