Eckerd College desired a building that enriches the learning experience of students and enhances the productivity of faculty members as teachers and scholars. Given the views of the lagoon on campus, the reference collection and reading room are on the north side of the building. Seventeen group study rooms are placed on the south to take advantage of natural light. Stacks holding 190,000 volumes are internalized to avoid natural light. A tower marks the entrance and houses a large conference room. A two-story screened porch, or lanai, offers a secure, shaded outdoor venue for reading and studying.