Magill Library Renovation

Haverford College


Location: Haverford, PA

Total GSF: 30,570 GSF Renovation, 32,380 GSF Demolition + Addition

Completed: 2019 (Proposed)


Haverford College selected Perry Dean for the renovation of Magill Library to provide a center for campus life with and academic focus. The library is an intricately complex structure constructed over four eras (1864-1898, 1912, 1941, & 1967) and is listed on the Haverford Township Bureau for Historic Preservation. The overarching goals are to create a 21st century teaching and research center focused on gathering community that encourages collaboration and scholarly pursuit.

Primary project objectives:

  • Examine multiple points of entry, enhance clarity of arrival and create coherent wayfinding.

  • Optimize natural light and create a sense of place for particular programs.

  • Remove inefficient 1941 stack block and replace with new sensitive in scale and language to the historic context of the Heritage Spaces.

  • Promote the uniqueness of the world-renowned Quaker and Special Collections through enhanced dedicated research spaces, storage and display.

  • Respect the Arboretum designation of campus grounds, vegetation and pathways.