Main Entrance and Foyer
The main entrance and foyer will welcome library guests arriving from the LSU Quad. The entryway will be an open, energetic space that will showcase the south portion of the high-definition digital wall and grand staircase, as well as provide abundant lounge seating for gathering students and patrons.
Technology Promenade
Adjacent to the nearby cafe, the technology promenade will be the premier architectural feature of renovated Middleton Library. Thye hallmark of this innovative area will be its high-definition digital wall that will transform the library into an exciting space of multimedia storytelling and 21st century learning.
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Reading Room
A quiet space for focused study, the iconic reading room will include traditional seminar tables, arm chairs and appropriate lighting for long periods of concentration.
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Collaboration Space
The collaboration space will be a large, communal area to gather for group study and project-based learning. Offering an array of versatile furnishings and ample natural light, the collaboration space will serve as the central hub of renovated Middleton Library and allow students the opportunity to come together for multidisciplinary engagement.
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South Commons
The multipurpose north and south commons will allow revitalized Middleton Library to foster idea exchange, intellectual discussion and community programming. The commons will provide students with a relaxing, social space to enjoy a break from their studies and unwind among peers.
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North Commons
The multipurpose north and south commons will allow revitalized Middleton Library to foster idea exchange, intellectual discussion and community programming. The commons will provide students with a relaxing, social space to enjoy a break from their studies and unwind among peers.
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Large Group Rooms
Nine large, enclosed study rooms outfitted with digital monitors and white boards will provide students the opportunity to break out from the open, collaborative area for more concentrated group exchanges. The large study rooms will be ideal for students who are working on creative projects and presentations in groups of six to eight.
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Small Group Rooms
Small group study rooms with digital monitors, white boards and state-of-the-art equipment will be located near the central collaboration space, providing a seamless flow between the social library experience and focused group work. Each room will have a capacity to serve groups of two to four.
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Phone Rooms
Two soundproof phone rooms will be available for students on the first floor to ensure student privacy and that nearby spaces don't experience unnecessary disruption.
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Information Desks
Strategically located near the main entrances, students and library patrons will have multiple opportunities to interact with library faculty and staff as they explore all the ways Middleton Library can support their research.
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Cafe and Lounge
A place to enjoy a sense of community, share ideas and re-energize, the cafe and lounge is sure to be a favorite area for students, faculty and staff alike. The space will include new, inviting furniture and a robust menu of delicious food and beverage choices that can be browsed on table-side tablets.
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Second Floor Media Lobby
The media lobby will function as a reception space for students and library patrons, where guests can browse displayed daily news and pertinent university communications. Plans for the lobby include a high-definition digital wall and comfortable, modern seating for visitors to the second floor.
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Middleton Library

25 Naming Opportunities

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Main Entrance and Technology Promenade
4,462 ft²
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Reading Room
2,787 ft²
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Collaboration Space
16,122 ft²
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South Commons
872 ft²
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North Commons
2,899 ft²
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Large Group Rooms (x9)
1,721 ft²
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Small Group Rooms (x4)
407 ft²
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Individual Phone Rooms (x2)
51 ft²
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Information Desks (x3)
584 ft²
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Cafe and Lounge
6,297 ft²
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Media Lobby
620 ft²
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The Middleton Library renovations campaign is one of LSU's most exciting priorities of the 2017-2018 academic year. A revitalized Middleton Library will immediately elevate LSU's academic experience and intellectual life, and strengthen the university's ability to attract and retain the brightest and most talented students and faculty. Below is a list of nameable spaces scheduled for renovation. It is the generosity of supporters like you that will enable LSU to transform Middleton Library into a 21st century research library.
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The Campaign to Revitalize

MIDDLETON LIBRARY

Originally built in the 1950s, Middleton Library has dutifully served as the heart of LSU’s intellectual life for more than half a century. Generations of students and faculty have thrived within its walls and benefited from its collections.

Every day, LSU Libraries fulfills its mission to serve the scholastic needs of LSU students, faculty and patrons by collecting and providing access to a broad array of materials, such as print and digital collections, manuscripts, journals, oral histories, archives and university research. The work and mission of the Libraries enables important research in a variety of fields and supports scholars who endeavor to make our lives and world better through education.

Middleton Library attracts an impressive 1.1 million visits every year. But despite serving as the most sought-out study space on campus, Library facilities are in dire need of major renovations. In response to this critical need, LSU leadership in collaboration with the LSU Foundation, has launched the much-awaited campaign to revitalize Middleton Library.

Draft architectural plans for a renovated Middleton Library contain a variety of innovative spaces to suit students’ needs. Whether it’s the traditional reading room, technology promenade or collaboration area, there will be a space for every student to experience meaningful learning and a sense of community.

The initiative to revitalize Middleton Library is estimated to be a $8,650,000 campaign, which will fund modern furnishings, state-of-the-art technology and construction. Your generous support will make reaching this goal possible. Every gift counts in our effort to create a 21st century library for the LSU community and the state of Louisiana.

DEAR FRIENDS,

I am pleased to announce our newest initiative at LSU: a campaign to renovate Troy H. Middleton Library, the centerpiece of our research library complex.

Middleton Library is one of the most visited facilities on the campus and houses LSU’s most frequently accessed academic assets, which is an indication that the library is still at the heart of academic life. The plan is to modernize components of Middleton Library with an eye toward developing spaces conductive to student collaboration and bolstering research support mechanisms.

A renovated Middleton Library will enable LSU to attract and retain the most talented students and faculty in the years to come, to conduct meaningful research and to advance our reputation as a leading university in the country. I sincerely hope that the community and friends of LSU will stand with me and generously support this initiative.

With warm regards,

F. King Alexander
LSU President

A REVITALIZED

Middleton Library will…

Provide LSU students with a versatile, multidisciplinary learning environment that encourages collaboration, multicultural competency and creative problem-solving.

Elevate students’ academic performance by providing spaces, collections, and services that better match how modern professors teach, and modern students learn. Large, flexible collaborative study spaces will sit side-by-side group study rooms, and a traditional reading room designed for long periods of immersive work.

Enhance students’ exposure to state-of-the-art technologies that will prepare them for the workforce of tomorrow. Technological investments will include a robust electrical system to accommodate 21st century computing and mobile devices, monitors, high-definition visualization technologies, and video conferencing.

Enable LSU to recruit the best students and faculty by offering an inspiring learning environment that is also comfortable, safe, and open at all hours. It will also feature an array of academic support services such as research and writing assistance, tutoring, and IT support.

Reaffirm the university’s commitment to the excellence in learning and research that lie at the heart of its academic mission.