Design and Funding
UCLA University Librarian Gary E. Strong and Deputy University Librarian Susan Parker worked with the UCLA Capital Programs office to identify an executive architect for the renovations. Of the firms that submitted proposals, Perkins and Will was selected. Established in 1935 by Larry Perkins and Philip Will, the firm has earned acclaim for its higher education projects as well as those in the corporate, commercial, civic, and science and technology sectors.
The project is being funded in part by an extremely generous contribution given in 1998, in conjunction with the building’s renaming in honor of former UCLA Chancellor Charles E. Young to recognize the breadth and depth of his contributions to the scholarly enterprise at UCLA. Additional fundraising is ongoing, with a number of recognition opportunities on signature spaces available to donors. No renovation funds come out of the Library's acquisitions or operations budget.