The renovation and expansion of the Northwestern University medical library provides a state-of-the-art facility to address the needs of information management well into the 21st century. The effective planning of the new library accounts for current and future electronic connections. Networking within the library allows for more efficient staff communications, and connections to outside lines link the library to the university’s backbone as well as to various hospital networks. In addition to stack areas and reading rooms, the project includes the renovation of a historic reading room, offices for technical services and administration, group study rooms, a special collections room, and a new monumental stair hall to connect the various spaces. The 5,000-s.f. Barnes Learning Resources Center also houses 50 computer workstations configured for digital media.