Located on the East Bank, the Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library is in 210 Rapson Hall. It primarily supports the faculty, students, and staff of the College of Design, but it extends to all students and staff at the University of Minnesota, as well as the greater Minnesota community.

About the building

A student reads in the redesigned library space.
A nighttime view of Rapson hall.

The library is housed in a new addition designed by Steven Holl, internationally known architect in NYC. Read more about the building and Steven Holl.

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Furniture collection


The furniture collection is a unique collection of chairs designed by architects. All are welcome to explore the library and find each of the items in the collection, to learn from, or sit on.

Current exhibit

Alignments: Paula McCartney and Melanie Pankau

July 29–October 4, 2019
Reception: Thursday, September 26, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

Artists Paula McCartney and Melanie Pankau worked separately in their respective mediums to create the geometries in Alignments. The installation of McCartney's photographs and ceramics, and Pankau's painting and drawings, reveal a conversation in composition, shape, line, and light.