UCLA, Charles E. Young Research Library

Los Angeles, California

Project Info
UCLA, Charles E. Young Research Library
Los Angeles, California
Completion: 2011
Square Footage: 60,000 renovation

The Young Research Library was originally designed by renowned architect A. Quincy Jones in the 1960s. Our multi-phased renovation to the library supports the evolving educational and research needs of students and staff. We incorporated new technologies and re-designed spaces to create a welcoming, multi-purpose facility, while respecting the building's modern legacy. We opened the interiors to take advantage of natural light and used contextural materials to create a rich and inviting atmosphere. The renovated lower level creates a study commons for more than 100 users and offices for staff.

Designed in the 1960s by renowned architect A. Quincy Jones, the Charles E. Young Research Library serves as the primary library for UCLA graduate students and faculty in humanities and social sciences, and it houses the administrative offices of the UCLA library system. The building required modifications to meet the needs of its users, expand the library’s offerings, and upgrade the library’s physical environment.
Perkins+Will provided pre-design, programming, and design services for renovation of the 1st Floor and A Level, focusing on the public areas to create flexible, aesthetically appealing spaces, to introduce technological improvements, and to improve the circulation and function.

Challenges of the project included creating an information-rich, technologically-empowered social center for the campus, while understanding and relating to the original concepts of this significant piece of architecture. Additionally, the wall-like nature of the enclosing brise soleil and site fencing were addressed to allow more daylight to reach into the deep floor plan.