Colgate University

Case Library and Geyer Center for Information Technology

Location: Hamilton, NY
Client:  Colgate University
Architects:  Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott and Kendall/Heaton Associates – Library Renovation;
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson – Digital Learning & Media Center

Project Description:

In 2007, Colgate University completed the renovation and expansion of its Case Library.  The library occupies a central site on campus linking the upper and lower quads and is a popular location for students engaged in intense study and students seeking a casual place to meet.   The project design responded to those student needs, as well as to a desire to enhance the availability and use of technology to access information within the library.

The project houses the library staff and library materials (many of which will be housed in an automated storage and retrieval system) together with the campus information technology staff, the campus data center and the network operations center. The vision for universal access to information has been realized through the inclusion of extensive media production, duplication, distribution and support facilities, ubiquitous wireless network access, dedicated distance learning classrooms, small group videoconference facilities and computer training classrooms and labs.

In 2012 Vantage completed the addition of the Digital Learning and Media Center which provides enhanced digital functionality for the campus.  As a learning space, the Center integrates traditional library resources with media and new digital technologies.

Learn about what the students, faculty and library staff are thinking in the Case University Libraries’ Fall 2012 Newsletter.


  • Program Development
  • System Design
  • Architectural Design Support
  • Implementation Oversight


  • Digital Media
  • Structured Cabling
  • Distance Learning
  • Videoconferencing
  • Audiovisual Systems


  • Serves as a dynamic intellectual center for the campus
  • Enables students to acquire the skills to access and evaluate scholarly format in a variety of media
  • Provides highly flexible learning environments for formal and informal learning
  • Provides enhanced digital functionality for the campus.