client / University of Iowa

Hardin Library Renovation

Iowa City, IA


anticipated completion


square feet



The renovation of the University of Iowa's Hardin Library, an award-winning structure designed by Walter Netsch, revitalizes its 62,000 square feet to meet modern academic needs. Originally built in 1974, the library maintains innovative features such as the 24-hour space and the John Martin Rare Book Room. This comprehensive update enhances accessibility with ADA-compliant restrooms and transforms the fourth floor to maximize daylight and study spaces. The refreshed areas feature a variety of flexible furniture arrangements that cater to different learning styles, offering a mix of casual seating, study carrels, and tables, alongside improved electrical access, ensuring a conducive and adaptable learning environment for students.



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