Joe and Rika Mansueto Library

Overview

Status: Complete

The Joe and Rika Mansueto Library is a 61,719 gross square foot new building addition to the University’s library facilities. The design features a storage facility and automated storage retrieval system capable of housing the equivalent of 3.5 million volumes in a 50-foot deep underground facility topped by an elliptical glass-domed structure. The facility ground floor houses collection service areas, a reading room, and Library preservation/conservation facilities. The Mansueto Library is being constructed to the west of the Joseph Regenstein Library along 57th Street and Ellis Avenue and will be connected to the Regenstein Library building by a bridge.

Renderings courtesy of Murphy/Jahn Architects; selected photographs courtesy of the University of Chicago Library

Project Team

  • Project Manager: Mike Natarus
  • Assistant Project Manager: Cotter Consulting
  • Architect: Helmut Jahn, Murphy/Jahn Architects
  • Construction Manager: Barton Malow

Project Updates

Past Milestones:

  • December 2009: Basement floor completed.
  • April 2010: Ground floor concrete installed; dome scaffolding installed.
  • August 2010: Dome steel framing completed.
  • September 2010: Dome glass installation completed.
  • Winter 2011: Completion of underground Automated Storage Retrieval System installation.
  • Spring 2011: Building opened.

Photos

Overhead view of library

Exterior view.

View of library from 57th Street.

Exterior view.

View of library from corner

Exterior view.

Library at dusk

Exterior view.

Library at dusk

Exterior view.

The Mansueto Library at sunset (Photo by Tom Rossiter)

Exterior view.

Library signage

Exterior view.

Library signage and window

Exterior view.

Connection tunnel - Regenstein to Mansueto

Tunnel connecting Mansueto to Regenstein.

Book retrieval system

Book storage area and retrieval system.

Book storage system

Book storage.

Book retrieval system

Book retrieval system.

Reading room

Reading room.

Reading room

Reading room.

Reading room at dusk

Reading room.

Entry to reading room interior

Reading room.

Book conservation area

Conservation area

Video

The Joe and Rika Mansueto Library: A Construction Retrospective

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