Libraries

With deep experience in library planning and design across institutional scales, VMDO has established itself as a leader in creating inspired library designs that enhance the student experience.

Library Design

Today’s academic library is undergoing a transformation in how it responds to the multifaceted needs and expectations of various user groups. With the waning reliance on physical resources and the parallel advances in technological innovation, the library of tomorrow must devote a far greater share of its space to users seeking comfortable, flexible environments that can host a range of scholarly and social activities.

At VMDO, we understand that libraries serve a pivotal role in the educational landscape and must keep apace of changes – technical, social, educational, and research-driven in scope. Our approach begins by focusing on the user experience and prioritizing design strategies that embrace innovations in learning and teaching. We pair careful attention to an institution’s academic goals with a commitment to crafting finely-tuned and dynamic architecture that is expressive of the spirit of a campus.

Today’s academic library is undergoing a transformation in how it responds to the multifaceted needs and expectations of various user groups. With the waning reliance on physical resources and the parallel advances in technological innovation, the library of tomorrow must devote a far greater share of its space to users seeking comfortable, flexible environments that can host a range of scholarly and social activities.

At VMDO, we understand that libraries serve a pivotal role in the educational landscape and must keep apace of changes – technical, social, educational, and research-driven in scope. Our approach begins by focusing on the user experience and prioritizing design strategies that embrace innovations in learning and teaching. We pair careful attention to an institution’s academic goals with a commitment to crafting finely-tuned and dynamic architecture that is expressive of the spirit of a campus.

Recent Work

Liberty University Library + Academic Commons

Liberty University Library + Academic Commons

Pulling from three surrounding student housing precincts, the library is a communal living room for students…

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Sweet Briar Cochran Library Renovation + Addition

Sweet Briar Cochran Library Renovation + Addition

VMDO’s addition to Cram’s library aims to respect the architect’s vision for the building by strategically…

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Young Harris College Rollins Campus Center + Miller Library

Young Harris College Rollins Campus Center + Miller Library

Named for its donor, the O. Wayne Rollins Foundation, the Rollins Center is the signature facility at…

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Recent Blog Posts

Connecting Theory and Practice: The ISpace at ODU

Working with Dr. George Fowler, the University Librarian at Old Dominion University, we've had the opportunity to co-create a spatial typology that expresses…

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21st Century Academic Libraries – Balancing Content and Space

Academic libraries are applying an innovative approach to knowledge creation, curation, and sharing that places the user front and center.

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VMDO Attends Library Journal Design Institute Fall 2016

​VMDO recently attended Library Journal’s Fall Design Institute in Charleston, South Carolina.

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