This study library was created for the graduate college of Clare Hall out of a former billiard room, an addition to a house by Edward Prior on Grange Road, Cambridge. The library design responds to the Arts and Craft character of the existing building and creates a mixture of separate studies and open reading spaces.
Dan Cruickshank, writing in The Architects Journal reported:
“The problem that faced Nicholas Ray is familiar to most architects. With a limited budget he had to create, within an existing building, an interior of architectural quality…” Cruickshank concluded that we had produced “a harmonious reading room of remarkable tranquillity”.