Louis I. Kahn is selected from 18 architects to design library.  The site at 2400 Ridge Road was purchased from BTS and SFTS for the building. His initial design is of a building with a form like a ziggurat and filled with light for reading.

Kahn died in 1976. Two local architectural firms familar with Kahn’s work finished the project: Peters Clayberg and Caulfield and Esherick Homsey Dodge and Davis.