UNMC Wittson Hall and Wigton Heritage Center

University of Nebraska Wittson Hall Library Table

UNMC Wittson Hall and Wigton Heritage Center

The McGoogan Health Sciences Library at Wittson Hall is the destination for independent study and group collaboration at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. But it wasn’t always that way. Before renovation, stacks of books took up 75% of the program leaving little room for what a series of workshops, presentations, and surveys determined medical students needed: a sanctuary for learning outside of their dorms and classrooms. This project features the complete occupied renovation of the eight-level McGoogan Health Sciences Library at Wittson Hall and the construction of the 10,000 square foot Wigton Heritage Center.

A Striking New Library Entrance 

The Wigton Heritage Center links and encloses the historic University Tower facade with the highly trafficked third and fourth levels of Wittson Hall, with further connection to the Chancellor's office on level five. Here, students and staff enjoy access to lounge areas, event space, a café, historical medical library display installations, and easy connection to other spaces on campus, including library spaces on the fourth, sixth and seventh floors. 

Upon entering the McGoogan Health Sciences Library, study rooms of varying size, wellness spaces, virtual reality simulation labs, a makerspace, and recording studio unfold while walking through the space. Deeper into the library, a grand stair with illuminated glass handrails wrapped in a warm wood veneer motivates movement up to the seventh floor where a downsized collection of books is organized around a central corridor connecting across multiple quiet study spaces.

Interactive, Daylight-Filled Spaces

Interior design utilizes neutral wood tones, subdued blue accent colors, and inviting furniture to create a focused, yet dynamic space for learning, discovery, and collaboration accessible 24/7. As such, the library is equipped with advanced security software to ensure medical records and rare books are always protected. Both floors are enhanced with natural daylight by removing precast panels on the existing façade, allowing light to seep through the glass curtainwall into the library. 

After renovation, students and staff are using the library more than ever before, further positioning UNMC to lead in forward-looking transformative education and research for years to come.

University of Nebraska Wittson Hall Library Table
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Omaha, NE
United States

77,000 sf