The 50,000 sm (540,000 sf) Chongqing Library is an important educational, cultural, and social center where people will meet to study, access knowledge, and exchange ideas. The building’s design is modern and evocative of the traditional form of the Chinese courtyard. Three main programmatic elements—the open public access zone, secure public zone, and the private secure zone—are built around a center courtyard garden that acts as an experiential space or a scenic opportunity from the adjacent reading rooms and café. The design uses glass and stone to articulate public and private areas of the library. The public areas facing Feng Tian Avenue are sheathed in glass to connote transparency and visibility for users and pedestrians. It also provides a visual transition from the public plaza to the public areas of the library. The book stacks and service areas to the west are clad in stone to represent security and the solidity of the library’s collection. The stone pattern also reflects the design of older buildings in Chongqing, linking the library to the city’s architectural heritage as it looks to the future.