A handsome white brick building of Georgian colonial design, the Storrs Library was erected in 1932 and dedicated in 1933. Architects Smith & Bassette of Hartford won the architectural contest, and the general contract went to W. J. Quinn. In keeping with the Georgian architectural style, the plans called for a boxy, symmetrical structure with a centered front entrance flanked by pillars and topped with decorative dental-work cornices. When it was completed, the building was considered among the finest library buildings in New England.
Visitors entering through the front door were greeted by a librarian at the circulation desk, which was located below the impressive mahogany staircase. The adult fiction room opened up to the left, and the children’s reading room was to the right. Both rooms featured recessed windows draped in gold brocade and brass candelabra. The furnishings were of Chinese Chippendale and Martha Washington styles, with comfortable wing chairs flanking either side of two black marble fireplaces, one for each reading room. The tables and chairs in the children’s room were of reduced scale.