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Rod Library Feasibility Study, 2013  

Rod Library is conducting a feasibility study in fall 2013 with OPN Architects of Cedar Rapids.
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Rod Library and Facilities Planning are embarking on a semester-long library building feasibility study.  With the development of the learning commons, other space changes that have been suggested, and the integration of the UNI Museums into the building, we thought it would be prudent to take a more systematic look at library space. 

We've hired OPN Architects (, who just completed the Redeker project and who recently designed the Cedar Rapids Public Library, to work with us.  Library consultant Sam Demas (former Library Director at Carleton College) will also be assisting us with this project.


The goals of the library building feasibility study are:

  1. To analyze how library space is currently used
  2. Explore space trends in academic libraries
  3. Get feedback from various user groups across campus about what they would like to see to meet their needs
  4. Develop a 20-year vision for library space changes.

 The result will be a report which will be shared with the campus and which will guide future library renovation projects, including the potential for a library-wide renovation at some future time.

Student Focus Group 

Student Focus Group

Presentation on Library Design Trends

Presentation by Sam Demas on library building trends


Final Report

OPN Architects shared their final report with the Library in early January.  The front page contains a concept drawing of the second floor Learning Commons looking to the west.


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