Perkins+Will has completed a multi-phased renovation of the UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library. Designed in the 1960s by renowned Southern California architect A. Quincy Jones and his partner, Frederick E. Emmons, the Research Library serves as the primary library for UCLA graduate students and faculty in humanities and social sciences, and houses the administrative offices of the UCLA Library system.
The renovation focused on improving overall circulation and function, upgrading technological capabilities, and creating aesthetically appealing and flexible public spaces. Perkins+Will provided pre-design, programming, design and construction administration services for the renovation of the lower level and main level. Work was performed in two phases, all while parts of the library remained open to the public. Phase I involved the renovation of the lower level to create a study commons for more than 100 users and to create offices for staff. Once that was completed in 2009, Phase II began, which created new spaces on the main floor for students and faculty. New features include a formal reading room, large collaborative spaces, group study rooms, a conference space, exhibit areas, and a café.