The public health library is a 6,400 square foot space in the basement of UC Berkeley’s University Hall. The main design goal of greater access to light is achieved by raising the ceiling and placing rolling book stacks away from the windows. Overhead lights are arranged in a radial pattern to focus attention and provide light to the study area. Use of wood warms up the cold concrete shell of the building and connects small study rooms and offices to the checkout desk on the other side of the space. At the entry a metal mesh screen permits visual access, opening the passage to the space beyond.
J. Conner for Kava Massih Architects
Photos by Scott McCue