Hornbake Library, University of Maryland

Location: College Park, Md.

Project type: university library

Client: University of Maryland


  • new program layout
  • building restoration
  • full mechanical, engineering and plumbing renovation
  • technology modernization
  • exhibition space
  • environment controlled stacks
  • conference and meeting rooms

The purpose of the renovation was to convert Hornbake Library's use from general collections to special collections and rare books. The solution created a new lobby, exhibition space, circulation area, meeting rooms and temperature and humidity controlled stacks to serve the collection. Special accommodations were made to phase the project to allow the transfer of books from McKeldin Library to the new site and allow use of both libraries during construction.

James Clark of MTFA Architecture was the principal in charge on this project under the former firm Cooper-Lecky CUH2A. This work focused on the first and second floors of the building. The project involves architectural and building systems renovation analysis with consideration for rare books and special collections.