Wilson Library Special Collections and Reading Room | Western Washington University

RMC has completed several projects for Wilson Library, including the creation of a new Special Collections section to consolidate the department and lead-abatement work in 2008 for the 6,000-square-foot Reading Room, built in 1927. The latter generated a design for full restoration to the room’s historic character that encompassed furniture strategies to support multiple uses, including University events.

The Special Collections space celebrates library collections and artifacts with a flexible floor plan that allows multiple display options. Locating public areas along the perimeter gives people a chance to study something besides books — Bellingham’s spectacular views. By putting controlled spaces in the center of the floor, the archival area is easily integrated with mechanical/electrical equipment.