University of Florida Library

The Project

University of Florida (UF) made new improvements to the Judaica Suite in their university library. Making a transformation from what once was cramped and cluttered offices into a reading space for the public. From the statues and stained glass windows to even the smallest pieces of furniture, the production as a whole is truly a work of art. There was great time and care that went into this reading space and with the thousands of volumes in the rare and semi-rare collection, UF was able to create research space for students and professors.

While incorporating art and design into Smathers Library’s modern reading space, UF used Pilkington OptiView™ as a host of applications where an anti-reflective glass could improve views. Installed was a unique application of 9/16” Pilkington OptiView™ around the railing as to make the units as inconspicuous as possible. Pilkington OptiView™ glass minimizes visible light reflectance to less than 2 percent to give a clear and unobtrusive view. At the same time it offers the traditional benefits of laminated glass including enhance security, improved safety, and damage protection. The result is a fabricated glass that combines the strength and security of laminated glass with the anti-reflective of a high-end specialty glass product. 

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Project Details
Smathers Library on the University of Florida campus
Opening Date
Building Type
  • Education
About the Architect/Installer
Kenneth Treister
Benefit Led Categories
  • Special Applications