Library and Archives of the Future (Fall 2012)
Queen’s has embarked on a major redevelopment: imagining the Queen’s Library and Archives of the future. The Library and Archives Master Plan (LAMP) project launched in May 2012 and is very closely integrated with development of a new Campus Master Plan.
The last comprehensive Library space planning occurred more than 20 years ago. Since then, there have been many significant developments: the digital information revolution, university growth, changes in teaching, and the successful introduction of the ‘learning commons’ space and service model in academic libraries.
Current space challenges in the Library include unmet demands for study space and teaching space, at-capacity collections space, interest in locating other services in the Library and space pressures of groups adjacent to Library space.
The University Archives faces significant space issues as well, having outgrown its space in Kathleen Ryan Hall.
A clear understanding of space needs and opportunities in both the Library and the Archives is required to guide future planning and ensure sound stewardship of university and donor investments.
The LAMP Steering Group is collaborating with a core team of internationally respected expert consultants in a rigorous and imaginative planning exercise to develop Queen’s Library and Archives Master Plan. CS&P Architects are specialists in education, Reich + Petch Architects are collection specialists and Aaron Cohen Associates, library specialists.
This core team will be supported by a group of subconsultants in key disciplines including costing, engineering, heritage, audiovisual and information technology.
The LAMP Steering Group is working with the lead planning partner CS&P Architects to develop a clear understanding of space needs and opportunities in both the Library and the Archives. The Master Plan Report will guide future planning and identify priorities for future investments.