The transparent ground level houses the public functions of the museum, seminar rooms and training rooms. The atrium floor, located between the existing Hardiman Library (a protected structure built in 1978) and the new building, serves as a common access to the entire complex. On this level, the new research library is entered through a collision space, specifically designated for informal unprogrammed activities and intellectual exchange. The upper two floors provide large, flexible, open floor plates dedicated to research, including 300 study stations, multiple meeting rooms and informal collaboration spaces. On the basement level, a new central high-value archives facility for the entire university features over 6,500 linear feet of compact shelving housed in a series of archive rooms under strict environmental and safety controls.