The interior of Willis Library has changed markedly throughout the years, with different furniture
and design schemes. When it opened in 1971, Willis Library had brightly colored walls of orange,
green, red, blue, and magenta. The brightly colored orange, yellow, and green furniture from the 1970s,
and the giant painted floor numbers on the walls from the 1980s are the most iconic interior design schemes
from Willis Library.
When the library was originally built, a large white sculpture was created by artist Michael Cunningham,
to hang from the ceiling on the second floor. The large abstract sculpture was originally supposed to
slowly rotate one time per hour. After a few years, the motors used to rotate the sculpture no longer
functioned properly, in 1980 the sculpture cracked due to humidity fluctuations, and in 1984 the sculpture
was removed for safety.