The George Washington University sought to develop a special facility within their Gelman Library to house one of the most valuable collections of Judaica in the United States. The I. Edward Kiev Collection contains 20,000 volumes of rare books and manuscripts spanning the 15th to 20th centuries. cox graae + spack architects designed the space to both protect and preserve the collection while also displaying the historic material to the broader library community through a custom two-sided, stainless steel and glass display case. The interior of the space features museum-quality protection for the collection including a complete space vapor barrier, specialized lighting controls and window coverings, and specially engineered HVAC systems.