A Transformative Plan for Renewal and Expansion

University of Guelph, McLaughlin Library Master Plan, Guelph, ON, Canada

When the McLaughlin Library opened in 1968 at the University of Guelph, it was designed with a 300,000-volume collection capacity to support the projected 1980s enrollment of 15,000 students. As this comprehensive public research library continues to evolve for today’s 20,500 students, so must the physical spaces.

With an approach of extensive client and user engagement, the University of Guelph tackled a four-phase transformative plan. The library design plan reflects the rise of digital resources, and includes flexible instruction spaces, a collaborative group-study room, and reading and exhibit rooms for archives and special collections.

The new plan created 40% more study space.

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