Cybertheque, McGill University

  • John A. Flannery
  • Karen M. Smith

Abstract

Education costs money, but then so does ignorance.” Sir Claus Moser’s philosophical musing, etched in the glass of the new Cybertheque library at The McGill University (Fig. 2) now reflects the bold, forward thinking of the ‘information age’. Tasked with serving the voracious academic appetites of 3.5 million library visitors each year, Janice Schmidt, McGill’s Director of Libraries, needed to address the reality of supply and demand. The incidence of borrowing a hard-copy book, 60 or 70 times per semester cannot rival the ability to download the electronic version up to 10,000 times in the same period. This principle of leverage defines the Architecture and Design project undertaken by e k m and B + H Architects in transforming the former repository of books into a state of the art, research and study suite. In a radical departure from the conventions of a typical library, Cybertheque facilitates the methods which the contemporary student will employ to acquire knowledge in the digital era.

Keywords

Design Project Sound Absorption Procurement Policy Study Suite Star Trek 
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Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • John A. Flannery
    • 1
  • Karen M. Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.Boston Spa MediaLeedsUK

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