Why I Like UVU’s Library

I am back at the Utah Valley University Library and I wanted to share why I like this place:


There is just something nice about the feeling of natural light while you study or do research. Why do libraries have to be dark and archaic? The openness is inviting and encourages long periods of study instead of a desire to leave as soon as possible, like some of the more light-restrictive and oppressive library atmospheres.


Very few places seem cramped. The ceilings are purposefully high and in some cases open two or three stories up. It is also really clean looking but part of that is of course how new the facility is.

Food court

I love the idea of being able to eat in libraries. UVU pulls this off really well. Somehow even though there is study areas all throughout the food court and around it, the area is still very quiet and conducive to thoughtful study (I am in the food court writing this). However, this does not mean one cannot talk in groups.


There is a place to study everywhere. I have walked all through the building and I can always see somewhere to sit, plug in, and work, chat, or socialize.


You can collaborate, you can study in private; there is even a large playroom for students who have children but still want to get some studying done.

Go here to see the other pictures I have of the library.

UVU Library Food Court

UVU Library Food Court

Study Area

Study Area


2 Responses to Why I Like UVU’s Library

  1. Dear Gerrit van Dyk,

    I just came across your post. It is gratifying to see you respond to our design so positively and to be able to so succinctly outline most of the major goals of this creative collaborative effort. I take this as a sign of some success. FYI – there is some more information on the library on our web-site: http://www.alspectorarchitecture.com/uvsc.htm

    We would also appreciate any constructive criticism about the facility as we are always seeking to understand how are buildings are used and perceived so we can continue to improve our work.

    Your Shaping Libraries site is very informative and extremely thoughtful. Thanks for the great work!


    Jacob Alspector, RA
    Alspector Architecture, LLC
    Design Architect for the UVU Library

  2. Tim Rowley says:

    Thank you!
    We made a particular effort to include the students, faculty, staff and even the community in the programming phase of the building.
    Jacob Alspector and his associates were very responsive to the programming and there was a large construction committee that worked attentively to see it through.
    We also owe a lot to the many other libraries like Utah State University’s Merrill-Cazier library, Ferris State University’s FLITE Library (another tremendous Alspector project) we visited for inspiration.

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