UT Hodges Library




Knoxville, TN

350,000 SF

The library acts as a central feature in the campus environment. Through both physical presence and aesthetic poise, the Hodges Library is ideologically the academic and educational center of University culture. The presence of the Library, and the multiple campus features it addresses, leads to a diverse group of scaled spaces, ranging from the monumental to the scale of the individual.

The earlier main library already existed on the site, but needed to be expanded. Since the site of the library was located at the modern center of campus, acting as a hub between the historic Hill and the expanded West Campus, it was important that the new library retain its location. The encapsulation of an existing building with in a new shell and structure was a strategic challenge. Efforts were made to maintain the existing building’s daily operation while construction for Hodges Library was underway.