Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is the only accredited aviation university in the world. DLR Group's design of the new Christine and Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Library and Learning Center embodies this prestigious institution's dedication to technological and academic advancement. The design concept for the library is a metaphor for flight. Composed of metal and glass, the building seems to hover above the ground. The library's main entry is defined by an internally illuminated staircase that evokes the technological underpinnings of aeronautical education. The staircase lifts students from the classrooms on the first floor to the resource center and commons on the second floor. The second level cantilevers in two directions; coupled with expanses of glass, the space encourages informal learning surrounded by limitless views of the horizon. On the interior, the book stacks stand in formation over a black, Tarmac-like flooring with lighting reminiscent of a runway. Playful furnishings keep this facility from becoming too heavy-handed in technology or aviation, welcoming students and visitors to sit and study, contemplate and collaborate while they explore information at their fingertips. The goal was to provide a highly flexible and functional facility that responds and adapts to student, faculty and staff expansion, library growth, and changes in media types and formats.