The Library is a warm and welcoming community space where visitors can work or read at our small round tables and comfortable SANAA-designed leather chairs or relax near the fireplace during colder months. Books in the Library are available for purchase and loan, spanning five focus areas that correspond with and expand upon our initiatives.
On view in the Library are two large-scale photographs by German artist Thomas Demand. These compositions show the multitude of architectural models created by SANAA as they designed Grace Farms and offer insight into the iterative process that produced the River building.
In the middle of the Library is our Justice Bar, which highlights our Justice Initiative with digital and print resources for guests to learn about the global crime of human trafficking and modern day slavery.
Library Experiences | Community
Library Experiences | Justice
Library Experiences | Faith
The Library is a frequent location for Grace Farm's not-for-profit space grants, with the ability to serve as an ideal setting for staff meetings, trainings, and roundtables.
In March 2017, Grace Farms held a two-day workshop with the UN, entitled “Breaking the Financial Chains: Disrupting Financial Flows Associated with Slavery, Human Trafficking, Forced Labour and Child Labour”. The workshop explored the role of the financial sector in tackling modern slavery and sought to galvanize a network of financial, civil society, and law enforcement partners.
On January 2016, Rev. Justin Crisp, doctoral fellow of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture and priest associate at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, led a discussion in the Library based on Joy and Human Flourishing: Essays on Theology, Culture, and the Good Life, which he co-edited with Grace Farms Foundation Board Member, Dr. Miroslav Volf.
The Library is a 3,300 square foot space with various areas for small-groups and individuals, including a rectangular leather bench around a fireplace, a conference room, several tables with seating, individual leather chairs and a long bar with stool seating. Architectural details include:
Bio-fuel fireplace with Peruvian stones
SANAA-designed leather seating and shelving
Transparent glass conference room for meetings
Ancillary lighting, surrounding laminated and annealed glass