UAFS Boreham Library


The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith was looking to expand their existing 25 year old library. Since the original library was built in 1987, the then commuter community college had transformed into a 4 year university with on-campus housing. Enrollment had more than doubled and technology infrastructure in the existing library was not able to keep up with student demand.


The University requested that the new library’s front door face the campus green and bell tower and that there be a space in the building which could be available to students 24 hours a day. The library’s location required that the building have entries from both the north and south side of campus with both entries visible from he circulation desk.


The expansion allowed for a 75% increase in collection size, has computer seating for 214 students, and has classrooms with a seating capacity of 264 students. Private and small group study rooms are located on both floors and a presentation classroom for 100 students is located on the first floor.


  • University of Arkansas – Fort Smith
  • Fort Smith, Arkansas

Project Details

  • 42,000 square feet (new construction)
  • 29,000 square feet (renovation)
  • Pursuing Silver Certification through LEED- NC 2009

Completion Date

  • 2013

Project Value

  • $14 million

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