Client Roberts Wesleyan College

B. Thomas Golisano Library

Rochester, New York

The library is designed to meet the University’s objectives of increasing student gathering space and to provide a sustainable facility that encourages the usage by patrons. Increasing space for students is achieved through the creation of a study café that is incorporated into the library’s study area. Access to the study café and a 32-station computer lab is available 24/7 via access cards. Wireless access makes the study café a natural gathering place for students. The library has two fireplaces, adding to the comfortable look and feel of the space. Other amenities include group study rooms, a conference room, a Graduate Research Room, a Curriculum Center and an Archives area.

Sustainable design techniques and materials were considered throughout the entire design process and contributed toward LEED-NC Silver certification. Green features include the use of geothermal heat pumps, energy-efficient and natural lighting, high efficiency insulation practices, use of high efficiency plumbing fixtures, and drought-resistant landscaping.

At a glance

43,000 SF

170,000 Volumes

Study Café

Conference Room

Computer Lab

Graduate Research Room

Curriculum Center

LEED-NC Silver certification


Architectural Portfolio Award
Outstanding Design, Post-Secondary
American School & University, Architectural Portfolio

Excellence in Green Lighting Award
Electrical Association of Rochester

Green Educational Facility Award
Learning By Design

Merit Award
American Institute of Architects, Rochester Chapter

Outstanding Design Award, Libraries/Media Centers Category
American School & University, Educational Interiors Showcase

Academic Library of the Year
Rochester Regional Library Council


Architectural Design

Engineering: Mechanical, Electrical

Interior Design

Furnishing, Fixtures & Equipment

"The library is a great building and all aspects have been performing as designed. The Golisano Library is the most successful project we have completed in the last 25 years. LEO A DALY was a big part of the success."


A 32-station computer lab is available around the clock.


Approximately 1,835 full time students were enrolled at Roberts Wesleyan College for Fall 2014.


Two instruction labs can be merged to accommodate groups as large as 42.