Dedicated in September 2006, the new Madigan Library at Pennsylvania College of Technology totals 104,800 square foot, and houses 400,000 volumes, including 25,000 reference volumes and 70,000 volumes in the law collection. The second structure constructed adjacent to the main entrance, this building features a facade consisting of oversized cast stone metal panels and glass curtain wall. Sunshades line the east edge of the two story reading room. A 90- foot-long skylight introduces natural light into the interior common spaces on the second floor and onto the primary walkway on the first floor. The two story reading room overlooks the main entrance of the College.
The new campus library provides opportunities for the community by use of the “members” program, which allows residents of Williamsport to check out books, utilize the Gallery for lectures, conduct research on any of the permanent computers, and use the printing, binding, and copying machines which are located on both the first and second floors. In addition to the stack areas, the facility contains two instructional classrooms, a technology lab, teacher’s learning center, archive areas, an art gallery and a café. An outdoor patio provides an opportunity to enjoy the landscaped gardens.
To expedite the circulation of the Penn College staff and students and the public “members”, both a primary circulation desk and reference desk flank the main lobby. A secondary desk located at the primary after-hours student entrance provides assistance as well as visual and technology security. Private study room located on both the first and second floors provide quiet study for groups of two to twelve students. The larger of these rooms supports projection multi-media projects onto wall mounted screens. The many interior details enhance the feeling of warmth and heritage, as for example, the custom designed end panels for the book stacks which incorporate stainless icon reminiscent of the custom clock tower located at the main entrance.