Jenkins is America’s oldest law library, providing resources to professionals and the public. A relocation after over 30 years in one location was a refreshing opportunity to reimagine its space. The design establishes new areas for administrative offices, library stacks, collaborative interactions and rare books, while maximizing space usage through efficient planning.
Adapting to the ever-changing role of libraries today, the Jenkins Law Library renovation pays homage to the traditional library model while satisfying the need for modern, multi-use space.
Featuring pops of color, streamlined finishes, geometric light fixtures, and expansive open space, the interior communicates the professional nature of a law practice, while offering a welcoming face to the public. Jenkins Law Library also includes a variety of feature spaces such as a lawyers’ lounge, a multi-purpose lobby, and classroom/conference area, all with the flexibility to serve different functions.
A collection of portraits, legal tomes, and other historic artifacts dating back to the early 1700s, a much-loved feature of the original location, could not be safely moved to the new space. Ballinger’s interiors team collaborated with our graphic designers to capture the portraits and books and transform them into a digitally-printed feature wall. The wall art pays respect to the rich history of Jenkins in a new way, demonstrative of the project’s central mission.