The Divinity School at Vanderbilt took over the entire second floor of the General Library to supplement their Reference and Judaica Rooms. This renovation provided their students with much needed study spaces and consolidated the offices for their library staff which were spread throughout the library. Playing off the

green slate flooring and stone found in

the sanctuary of the Divinity School, the renovation brings the colors and tones of that materiality into the library while also tying into and reusing the beautiful wood paneling already in the General Library. Soapstone from an existing stair that was demolished for the renovation was repurposed as the donor wall panels

and add a timeless sense of presence

to the Library’s entry sequence.

Photographer: Tom Gatlin