Hit the Reset Button

Built in the 1970’s, Babson’s Horn Library evolves as the Information Age unfolds

Babson Horn Library Renovations

Client: Babson College
Wellesley, Massachusetts

The renovations at Horn Library began as a relatively modest Phase 1 project, adding more seating and quiet study space to the library; improving light levels; and upgrading finishes, thereby enhancing the student’s library experience. Following the completion of these renovations, Finegold Alexander was invited to design a new Resource Center and a dramatic new 10,000-square-foot Commons addition. Centrally located at the ground level, the Resource Center offers students a dynamic learning environment with faculty and peer support for their speech, writing, and math pursuits. With these interventions Horn Library has become a hub of campus activity, providing state-of-the-art facilities for research, innovation, and learning.

(Photo credit: Jane Messinger Photography)

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16,800 SF
Study spaces, gallery, group learning rooms, resource center, and senior administrative offices
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“Defining what a university library requires in its evolution to serve students is no easy task as the library of the 21st century continues to evolve. The team at Finegold Alexander Architects is thrilled to be part of this library transformation on the historic Babson campus.”
Ellen Anselone, Principal, Finegold Alexander Architect

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This “before” photo shows that the existing library spaces were dimly lit; they suffered from a chaotic layout; and were cluttered with outdated furniture systems. The newly renovated study spaces, by contrast, are generously scaled, clearly organized, and fully outfitted for tech-savvy students.

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By providing a range of spaces for research, collaboration, learning and socialization, Babson College created a unified library environment at the heart of the college.