Snøhetta worked closely with North Carolina State University Libraries to set a new benchmark for technologically-sophisticated collaborative learning spaces with the design of the new Hunt Library.
It serves both as NC State’s second main library, and the intellectual and social heart of the university's Centennial Campus plan.
The Hunt Library also houses the Institute for Emerging Issues, a political think tank led by former North Carolina Governor James Hunt, academic offices and an auditorium. It is designed to be a decisive competitive edge for the university by democratizing access to the technologies driving our economy.
Libraries are dynamic and continually changing. While clearly a contemporary structure within a traditional context, the Hunt Library provides a forward-thinking platform for influencing its surroundings. Both technical and programmatic innovations are celebrated as part of the learning experience and provide a versatile and stimulating environment for the user.
Technology zones are integrated throughout the Library. Interactive digital surfaces and high definition video display screens deliver both programmed and live-feed information. The Game Lab serves as a testing lab for the video game design and development program, and provides students with a fun study break area.
The library also employs the use of the BookBot, an automated book delivery system, for the Library's two million volume collection. This highly effective cost and space saving measure reduced the building area, allowing more of the University’s budget and library space to be allocated towards technology and collaborative learning spaces.