Colby College Miller Library

This renovation preserved the Miller Library’s historic architectural details and updated building systems. The design responded to the integration of several new departments into the library, including the humanities and writers’ centers. Reader accommodations were increased with the restoration of the historic reading room, expansion of the information commons, and addition of study lounges.

The project integrated the needs of ten departments into flexible work and learning spaces. The solution invigorated this critical campus resource with an array of spaces to meet the changing needs of a modern university library.

Project Overview


Colby College




72,000 Square Feet

Services Provided

Architecture, Interior Design, Structural, Mechanical, Electrical

Key Contacts

Mark D. Lee, AIA, LEED AP

Success through strategic plans and collaboration

Harriman leveraged integrated architecture and engineering capabilities to introduce extensive updates to the historic infrastructure of the library. A united approach resulted in a design solution that met budget, schedule, aesthetic, and programmatic targets – including a LEED Gold designation.

Construction was phased over two summers. A combined effort between the users, design team, and construction manager ensured the building remained functional during construction. The phasing strategy created swing space and minimized disruptions to other functions, including the relocation of the College’s special collections.

  • The Miller Library at Colby College is the centerpiece of the campus and the heart of the academic environment.

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