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Washington & Lee University

Lewis Hall - Law Library

BCWH was engaged to develop a master plan for the Washington and Lee University’s Lewis Hall which houses the School of Law. As part of the planning efforts, a 3 phase renovation of Lewis Hall is currently underway which includes the School of Law Library. The library is the largest program in Lewis Hall which encompasses 38% of the entire building. 

The library has multiple functions which include acting as a place for learning, exchanging and gathering information, and encouraging social interaction. The current library is centrally located and it’s reading room is in one of the most potentially compelling spaces of Lewis Hall.  The Library renovation consists of the consolidation of collections and an updated layout offering a variety of study spaces to encourage student interaction and engagement. 

In addition to providing classical study carrels for freshman law students, collaborative “communities” were developed to provide a variety of student study engagement, interaction and discourse. The communities include seminar rooms, small study rooms, informal seating areas and a variety of tables and chairs. Small group study rooms and seminar rooms are outfitted with new technology and white boards to encourage collaboration and student interaction.