Pipes in the Library Stacks

When you enter the lower level stacks of the Wisconsin Historical Society Library, you walk down a metal stairway, and find yourself in a cramped space with very low ceilings, and prominently visible building infrastructure.

Library shelves

It feels like you’re in a submarine. A submarine repurposed as a library.

Bookshelves and corroded pipes

The corroded pipes, low headroom, ductwork, the bookshelves… all it needs to complete the library as submarine experience is a periscope with a view of the reading room upstairs.

Pipes ductwork and bookshelves