Answered By: Jessica Pasquale
Last Updated: Oct 29, 2020     Views: 1

The Allan and Alene Smith Addition (also known as the underground library) opened in August, 1981. 

It was designed by Gunnar Birkerts & Associates (Birmingham, MI), architects for the 1981 building and 1996 Jackier Rare Book Room, as well as DiClemente Siegal Design Inc. (Southfield, MI), architects for the 2003 sub-3 completion.

The Smith Addition was built by J.A. Fredman, Inc. (Pontiac, MI), general contractors; J.C. Beal, Inc. (Ann Arbor, MI), contractor for Jackier Rare Book Room; and DeMaria Building Co, Inc. (Novi, MI), contractor for 2003 sub-3 completion.

Size
77,000 square gross feet 

Depth 
Sub-3 is 50 feet below grade 

Capacities (volumes of books) 
475,000 in finished space 
25,000 in Jackier Rare Book Room 

Seating*
At lightwell balconies: 36 
At tables: 178 
In carrels: 222 
At computers and microform readers: 52 
In lounge seats: 38 
Total: 526

*Seating numbers reflect pre-COVID pandemic capacity.

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