The Washington Heights Library in upper Manhattan is a 1914 Carnegie library designed by Carrère & Hastings. In two-phases, we are designing a facility-wide renovation which preserves and highlights the historic integrity of the library while meeting functional and technical requirements with a contemporary architectural expression. The first phase will improve accessibility with a new entry configuration and a limited-use elevator to provide access between the foyer and the main reading room floor. Phase two will bring the library into the 21st century and the advent of electronic media and e-books. The first floor has been redesigned as a commons where patrons can access online materials, through work stations or wirelessly. Desks, casual seating, and group meeting spaces will accommodate a variety of uses with new furniture, layouts and a high-tech media area.