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Woodbury University School of Architecture



Designed by third year Woodbury University students under the direction of professors Stan Bertheaud and Miki Iwasaki, this library offers visitors a quiet place to relax and explore the infinite possibilities that books and quiet time can present.

Located: Lower Level

Key Materials: plywood, books, paint, hardware, cushions, wall vinyl, and lighting

What is it?

This unique library, built out of plywood, includes organic shapes and repeating horizontal lines that transform the space into a beautifully soothing sculptural installation. The juxtaposition of open areas with discreet reading nooks provide a perfect setting for children and families to delve into books individually or together. Comfortable reading spaces with easy-to-reach books complete the functionality of the space. 

What will I do when I get there?

  • Curl up with a book, read aloud to a friend or listen to a story.
  • Explore the special caverns and enjoy the secret spaces. (You can also peek out through the cavern walls).

Who made this?

The New Children’s Museum invited third year architecture students from Woodbury University’s School of Architecture in San Diego to design and build a library space for visitors. The project was structured as an internal design competition with 29 students competing on 8 teams. For the project, two designs that included open areas with intimate reading nooks were selected. The two teams then had to work together to reformulate a final layout. The library was designed and built entirely by the students with guidance from their professors.

Students: Janamae Abiaro, Stephanie Absalon, Sulaiman Al Hammadi, Jeremy Artates, Richard Balistreri, Cory Bitting, Jason Bontempo, Derek Buskirk, Mark Chien, Joshua Chilton, Talyssa D'avila, Phillip h. Fowler, Sandra Guillen, Mehmet Gundogar, Ian Heacox, Juan Ixta, Mai Kasahara, David Lopez, Luis Madrigal, Brad Marquette, Jesus Morocho, Andrew Nguyen, Alex Rodriguez, Jorge Rojas, Kevin Solis, Yesenia Taylor, Alvin Vuong, Forrest Whitmore, Abel Zatarain.

As part of this project, Woodbury University successfully funded a Kickstarter Campaign and dedicated the project in memory of Mehmood Ahmet Ali.


What can I do at home?

To extend your museum experience, try the following activities at home.

Creative Action

  • Go explore your local library, can you find any differences between it and The New Children’s Museum’s library? What features do you think are working well in your library? What improvements would you make?


  • Designing a space requires thinking about a number of things: the focus activity, layout of the room, furniture, flow or how people will move through the space, aesthetics, materials, budget, lighting and more. Think about what is needed to make a library successful. What kinds of structures and furniture need to be in place to facilitate reading and other quiet activities? What textures and colors help create an inviting space?