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New Orleans’s Nora Navra Library Reopens

New Orleans Public Library’s (NOPL) Nora Navra Library celebrated its grand reopening in the city’s 7th Ward neighborhood on Friday, August 24 and Saturday, August 25. The completion of the new 7,800 square foot building marks the reopening of all six NOPL branches that were destroyed in the flooding caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

6 Libraries, 6 Challenges | Design Institute

Mini design charettes offered attendees of LJ's Design Institute: Salt Lake City the opportunity to brainstorm solutions to the real world challenges of their library peers.

New Spaces for New Services | Design Institute

LJ’s Design Institute:  Salt Lake City addressed creating space for new  services, testing incremental  change, and more

Roosevelt Presidential Library Relocated from Dickinson

The Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum Foundation has abandoned a proposal that would have split the museum and library between Theodore Roosevelt National Park and Dickinson State University.

Branching Out, June 2018

Harris County, TX, reopens two branches damaged in Hurricane Harvey; the ideaX Makerspace launches in Bellevue, WA; Gannon University’s Nash Library & Student Learning Commons, Erie, PA, reopens; and more new construction and renovation news from the June 1, 2018 issue of Library Journal.

Rolf Hapel: Toward a Global Instruction and Practice

Rolf Hapel, Director of Citizens’ Services and Libraries in Aarhus, Denmark since 2006, will be stepping into the role of Distinguished Professor of Practice in Residence at the University of Washington Information School (UW iSchool), Seattle.

Watchung, NJ Borough Council Votes to Close Library

Update: A local citizens' group, Keep a Library in Watchung, has filed a lawsuit in Somerset County Superior Court against the Borough Council, seeking to overturn its decision to close the library. The suit alleges that the council's actions violate the New Jersey State Constitution of 1947 as well as the U.S. Constitution, the Open Public Meetings Act, the New Jersey Civil Rights Act, and New Jersey’s Local Housing and Redevelopment Act.

Chicago PL To Build Branch in Obama Center

The planned Barack Obama Presidential Center will not contain a traditional presidential library of physical archives from Obama’s two terms as president, but it will hold a branch of the Chicago Public Library to serve the Jackson Park neighborhood of Chicago’s South Side.

Sustainability, Squared: Great Buildings Are Just the Start | Editorial

The six projects that won the 2018 AIA/ALA Building Awards are worth a good look. The awards, presented each year by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Library Association (ALA), celebrate excellence in architectural design and help identify trends to consider in new buildings or renovations.
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Good Bones | Library Design

The key notes of the Laurel Branch Library—transparency and playfulness—work together.
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Certified Sustainable | Library Design

NYLA’s benchmarking system helps libraries, step by step, attain organizationwide sustainability.
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Inclusive Restroom Design | Library Design

Until recently, the widespread re­examination of library design principles largely stopped at the bathroom door. But that’s changing as awareness spreads that many patrons identify as transgender, non­binary, agender, genderfluid, or otherwise don’t fall within the male/female binary.
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Reaching Net Zero | Library Design

Colorado College’s library renovation added space, services, and facilities while achieving ambitious sustainability goals.

2018 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards Announced

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) partners each year with the American Library Association (ALA)/Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) to recognize the best in library architecture and design. The 2018 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards, announced on April 6, included public libraries from Cape Cod to California.

Branching Out, February 1, 2018

Kenyon College receives $175 million; La Porte County Public Library, IN, wins an AIA merit award; Rockford Public Library, IL, will get a new building; and more new construction and renovation news from the February 1, 2018 issue of Library Journal.

Margo Gustina | Movers & Shakers 2018 – Change Agents

Librarianship was a natural fit for Margo Gustina, who has always loved connecting people with what they need but disliked the hard sell of bookstores or the bureaucracy of social work. Her first encounters with small libraries in rural western New York shaped her view of what good service should look like. She met directors with small staffs, tiny budgets, few open hours, and minimal digital resources who still brought their communities together with rich programming—not defined by their limitations, she says, but by their unique talents “and ability to translate those into strengthening the social connective tissue.”

NEH Announces New Grants to Support Humanities Infrastructure

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently announced a new program to create and sustain the infrastructure underlying humanities initiatives in public libraries, archives, museums, colleges and universities, historic sites, scholarly associations, and other cultural institutions.

Branching Out, December 2017

Openings abound: new Archives and Research Center (ARC) addition Texas State University, San Marcos's STAR Park; revamped Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in NY; renovated Shippensburg Public Library, PA; and more new construction and renovation news from the December 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Growing Home | Design Institute Design Challenges

Librarians from around the country convened on October 20 in Washington State, at Fort Vancouver Regional Library’s Vancouver Community Library for an exploration of community engagement, sustainable design, and adapting to changing needs. The building, a 2015 LJ New Landmark Library, serves as gathering place and convener for the midsize city and exemplified the day’s themes from start to finish.

Closure Plans for Cincinnati Library’s North Building Spark Concerns

Update: At an emergency meeting on Wednesday, December 20, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (PLCHC) board voted 5–0 (two members were not in attendance) not to sell the North Building. Instead, the library will seek a 1 mill tax levy in May, 2018 to help supplement its $54 million facilities plan. The library will host a community conversation on December 27.

Discovering Fun and Comfort | Year in Architecture 2017

Colorful, vibrant new spaces at the Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, IL; “Discovery Island,” at the Laurel Library, Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, MD; and the renovated children's room at the Central Branch of the Cranston Public Library, RI.

Renovation and Renewal Reveal Character | Year in Architecture 2017

Renovations reveal the library's personality, from the renovated children’s area at the Oak Bend Branch of the St. Louis County Library to double bands of windows at the Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, MI, to the historic wing of the Lithgow Public Library, Augusta, ME, and more.

Community Centerpieces | Year in Architecture 2017

Built to anchor their communities: the Seguin Public Library, TX; Elmhurst Community Library, Queens Library, NY; the new Joplin Public Library, MO; and the Grove City Library, Southwest Public Libraries, OH.

A Sense of Play at Work | Year in Architecture 2017

Innovative learning spaces at the Cabot Science Library at the Pritzker Commons, Harvard University Science Center; Library of Engineering and Science, Wilmeth Active Learning Center, Purdue University; Vaughan Civic Centre Resource Library, Ont.

Uncommon Common Spaces | Year in Architecture 2017

Common spaces remade at the Cozby Library and Community Commons, Coppell, TX; the Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons, Salisbury University, MD; and The new Havre de Grace Branch of the Harford County Public Library, MD.

Learning Spaces Transformed | Year in Architecture 2017

Library makeovers feature the Sorrells Engineering and Science Library at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh; the two-story Heaton Family Learning Commons, Butler County Community College, PA; and the colorful the new Alfred R. Goldstein Library, Ringling College of Art & Design, Sarasota, FL.

Terraces & Shores: Expanded Views | Year in Architecture 2017

Come for the books, stay for the views at the Multnomah County Library’s Rockwood Library Makerspace; Boston Public Library's Jamaica Plain Branch; the Shoreview Library, Ramsey County Library, MN; and the Imperial Beach Library, CA.

Academic Library Data | Year in Architecture 2017

The data for academic new buildings and renovations featured in LJ's Year in Architecture 2017.

Six-Year Cost Summary, Funding Sources | Year in Architecture 2017

LJ's Years in Architecture compared: FY12–17 Cost Summaries and Funding Sources

Public Library Data | Year in Architecture 2017

Explore the data on this year's choices.

List of Architects | Year in Architecture 2017

The architects and designers behind this year's libraries.

LJ's Top Trends in Library Architecture | Year in Architecture 2017

As demonstrated in this year’s 82 building projects, completed between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017, academic and public institutions are now regarded as places of community, of gathering, and of collaboration, even as reading remains in play. From Long Beach's Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library to Harvard University’s Cabot Science Library, LJ explores some of the top trends in library architecture this year.

Restoring & Reimagining | Year in Architecture 2017

Model remodels at the Colchester–East Hants Public Library, Truro, NS; the Library! at Bown Crossing, Boise, ID; and the Columbus Metropolitan Library's Northern Lights Branch.

NYPL Unveils Plans for Schwarzman Building

At a November 15 board of trustees meeting, New York Public Library (NYPL) administration unveiled the master plan for renovations to its main branch, the Steven A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street in Manhattan. The work is part of NYPL’s Midtown Campus renovation, which includes the gut renovation of the Mid-Manhattan Library across Fifth Avenue, currently in progress.

Branching Out | Library Design

A compilation of recent building projects and plans for more as they were presented in the Library Hotline newsletter, from May 1 through August 7, 2017

Branching Out, August 2017

Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, MD, welcomes renovated Bowie Branch; ten Kentucky libraries awarded $20 million in construction funds; Chicago's Newberry Library to get an $11 million renovation; and more new construction and renovation news from the August 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Certified Sustainable | Sustainability

The New York Library Association (NYLA) is poised to make library history with the launch of its Sustainable Libraries Certification program this November.

Meet Me in Manhattan: A $55 Million Gift That Will Keep Giving | Editorial

The New York Public Library is having a moment—a very good one. September saw the debut of Ex Libris: The New York Public Library, a long-anticipated documentary by renowned director Frederick Wiseman that is sure to expand the appreciation of the impact of this great institution and libraries as a whole. As if that weren’t enough, there was also the announcement of a gift of $55 million from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation to help bring the radically reenvisioned Mid-Manhattan Library into being.

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Gives $55 Million Toward Mid-Manhattan Library Renovation

The New York Public Library (NYPL) announced September 13 the receipt of $55 million from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation to support the complete renovation of the Mid-Manhattan Library, NYPL’s largest circulating branch. Combined with the recent boost in funding for FY18 capital projects from the city of New York, the Niarchos Foundation’s gift will enable the $200 million gut renovation of the 105-year-old building into a modern circulating branch that will offer programs for children, teens, and adults; meeting spaces; a business library; and a rooftop terrace, designed by the Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo in coordination with architects of record Beyer Blinder Belle.

Balancing Connections and Collections | Library Design

In many types of libraries nationwide, staff are trying to make more space for people. Increasingly, libraries support learning that is social and emotional as well as intellectual, carving out room for learning commons, flexible spaces, quiet contemplation, and active collaboration.

Get Moving | Library Design

Quality 21st-century library design focuses on human health and well-being. Creating healthy indoor environments that physically connect us to the outdoors, offer access to daylight and views, and motivate us to move our bodies more is critical, since, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, on average, Americans spend 93 percent of their lives indoors. The focus on prioritizing daylight and views and incorporating biophilic tenets (which acknowledge the role of nature in human comfort and productivity) has increased awareness about the critical role the building plays in wellness.

Carl Grant on Virtual Reality and How to Build an Interdisciplinary Hub

LJ recently caught up with Carl Grant, associate dean of knowledge services and chief technology officer for the University of Oklahoma (OU) Libraries, to discuss a few of the ways the library is helping faculty incorporate virtual reality and other emerging technologies into research and coursework, as well as recent remodeling projects, and how high tech and new collaborative spaces both play key roles in OU’s effort to make the library the “intellectual crossroads” of the university.

Design for Life

A soaring atrium can offer delight and inspiration. However, atria can also present a platform from which people can do themselves harm. Individuals looking for publicly accessible spaces to conduct self-inflicted violence have sought out libraries, including atria in the San Francisco Public Library’s main branch and the San José State University’s (SJSU) joint public-academic library. On the East Coast, libraries at New York University (NYU) and Brown University have experienced similar tragedies within the past decade.

Great Outdoor Spaces | Library Design

The best libraries don’t stop at the front door. Gardens and green roofs alike are beautiful and inspiring. The benefits of exposure to nature are much more than cosmetic: for individuals, research has related it to reduced stress, inflammation, and mortality; improved memory, job satisfaction, and eyesight; and greater social capital. For communities, successful public outdoor spaces not only improve the physical and mental health of residents, they have been shown to aid the environment, create a stronger sense of community, and even boost the economy.

No Time To Waste: Facing the Reality of Climate Breakdown | Editorial

The people of Texas and Louisiana are beginning to rebuild after Harvey, and the library community has stepped up to help. As we have seen in the aftermath of all too many disasters, the library infrastructure and network is critical. Not only do libraries provide refuge and expertise to put to work on relief efforts, but librarians consistently offer compassion and are ready to serve anyone in need.

After Harvey Libraries Reopen, Organizations Step Up

Over a five-day period, Hurricane Harvey devastated the Gulf Coast area of southeastern Texas and parts of Louisiana. More than 50 inches of rain fell, killing at least 66 people, displacing 30,000 others, and causing up to $190 billion in damages. When skies finally cleared at the end of August, libraries' cleanup efforts began in earnest.

Measure the Future Enters Next Phase

Measure the Future, an open source, open hardware project that enables libraries to collect and analyze data regarding how their physical space is being used, will soon deploy new sensors at libraries participating in its public beta launch, including the Meridian Library District (MLD), ID; the State University of New York, Potsdam; the New York Public Library; the University of Boston Law Library; and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Open to Learning | Design Institute Columbus Design Challenges

Ohio’s Columbus Metropolitan Library hosted a deep dive into design in a setting that spoke volumes.

Branching Out, June 2017

The renovated Glendale Central Library, CA, reopens; Boston Public Library's Jamaica Plain Branch is back in business; and more new construction and renovation news from the June 15, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Don’t Let This Moment Pass You By | Sustainability

In the wake of the president’s announcement that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Agreement, an unprecedented, decentralized groundswell of support to combat climate change in our country has emerged.

Branching Out, May 2017

The Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, IL, reopens, ; Gladwyne Free Library, PA, wraps up a renovation; the Sandhills Branch of the Richland Library, Columbia, SC, continues a multimillion, multibranch building effort; and more new construction and renovation news from the May 15, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Librarians’ Picks | Library Design 2017

Furnishings of note from recent library projects.

Obama Center Garners Praise, Concerns Over Local Impact

On May 3, Barack and Michelle Obama joined a crowd of approximately 300 Chicago community leaders at an invite-only forum to unveil renderings for the OPC and answer questions. "It's not just a building. It's not just a park,” the former president told the assembled crowd. “Hopefully it's a hub where all of us can see a brighter future for the South Side."

Blueprint for Resilience: Toward Libraries that Give Back | Editorial

Sometimes, just envisioning something can set change in motion. That’s what’s happening at the Belgrade Community Library in Montana. That little library was named LJ’s Best Small Library in America in 2015 and effectively leveraged the honor for local interest and investment. A few years later, the library, under the leadership of Director Gale Bacon, continues to make the most of its opportunities, now via design that is helping to set the community’s sights on a possible future.

Community Vision | Library Design 2017

Montana’s Belgrade Community Library is perhaps best known to LJ readers as the 2015 Best Small Library in America. After receiving the award, Director Gale Bacon tells LJ, many in the community started asking what the library’s next step was. The 9,700 square foot building presented the six-person staff with “huge physical space challenges,” Bacon says—not only limiting the size of the collection and staff work space but having routinely to turn would-be attendees away from programs. So achieving this milestone seemed like the right time for reexamination.

Rising Above | Library Design 2017

By the time it opens in 2018, the Calgary Public Library’s (CPL) new Central Library will have been 14 years in the making. In 2004, the City of Calgary, Alta., first allocated funding to study its residents’ future library needs. Since then it has committed a whopping $175 million (in Canadian dollars, or $128 million U.S.) to the project, out of a total estimated cost of $245 million (about $180 million U.S.).

Branching Out, April 2017

East Baton Rouge Parish Library, LA, reopens its Greenwell Springs Branch after flooding; Chicago Public Library to partner on three new branches collocated with housing; and more new construction and renovation news from the April15, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Raising Arizona State | Library Design 2017

After the impact of the recession, Arizona State University (ASU) bounced back with an ambitious agenda of innovation, positioning itself as the “New American University.” ASU prides itself instead on being “measured not by whom it excludes but by whom it includes and how they succeed,” and now ASU's flagship library is reinventing itself to serve the whole student.

Timely & Timeless | Library Design 2017

The 2017 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards recognize eight outstanding new libraries and renovations.

Net Positive | Library Design 2017

Libraries are a key element in community ecosystems. Now imagine a library that actually is an environmental ecosystem of its own. The furthest reaching green building certification uses the metaphor of the flower—thriving within a given habitat by pulling nutrients from the soil, using sunlight for photosynthesis, and depending on the sky for rain—to describe the requirements for its green building program. Each element of the certification is called a petal, and each represents a major part of the eco­system: energy, water, and materials. The International ­Living Future Institute administers the Living Building Challenge.

Subversive Librarians | Sustainability

Overnight we went from a president who declared climate change as the single greatest threat to future generations to a president, and Senate, who appointed a climate change denier to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Branching Out, March 2017

Dayton Metro Library opens its Miamisburg Branch, the new Pinewoods Library and Learning Center launches in Athens, GA, and more new construction and renovation news from the March 15, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Madeleine Charney | Movers & Shakers 2017 – Innovators

In recent years, the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (UMass), has committed to economic, environmental, and social sustainability. The robust leadership skills and networking know-how of sustainability studies librarian Madeleine Charney have contributed immensely to that effort.

Branching Out, February 2017

Michelle Obama Neighborhood Library opens in Long Beach, CA; Tufts Central Library, Weymouth, MA, gets OK on new facility; Cook Memorial Public Library District, Vernon Hills, IL, to expand; and more new construction and renovation news from the February 15, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Arming the Ramparts | Sustainability

The sustainability of our world depends on a strong social fabric in local communities where people know and respect one another. This social fabric is key for resilient communities in the face of environmental, economic, and social disruption. That fabric is now torn in many places thanks to the vitriol and viciousness of the presidential election and fears about what will happen next.

Branching Out, January 2017

Albany Public Library, NY, Board of Trustees refinanced $29.1 million in bonds to improve five branches; the Ashtabula County District Library, OH, reopened; Clark Art Institute's Manton Research Center, Williamstown, MA, was completed; and more new construction and renovation news from the January 1, 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Choosing Change in Charleston | Design Institute Design Challenges

At LJ’s Design Institute (DI): Charleston, held on Friday, October 21, at South Carolina’s Charleston County Public Library, attendees from around the United States delved into how best to transform their libraries to rise to their communities’ new challenges.

Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces Program Launches

Starting in 2017, 15 small and rural public libraries from across the United States will participate in the Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces project, an 18-month training program aimed at reimagining and reconfiguring libraries to support active learning, foster social connections, and be places of continued discovery. The project will lead participating libraries through four stages of training, help them to develop an online cohort, and connect their work to the profession at large. Led by a project team of WebJunction, a program of OCLC Research, the project is funded by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in partnership with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL). Participating libraries will receive $5,000 toward their space redesigns.

Deliberate Resilience | Sustainability

Resilience: to bounce back after disruption. We've dealt with a lot of disruption as libraries and citizens in the past year. From a pretty insane presidential race to a major nationwide Internet outage caused by a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack that harnessed the Internet of Things to hurricanes, drought, and forest fires, we've got disruption in just about every sector of modern life.

Smith College Library Redesign Engages Maya Lin, Shepley Bulfinch

On October 14 architect Maya Lin unveiled her plans for the new William Allan Neilson Library at Smith College, Northampton, MA. The drawings and model for the extensive renovation of the library, which will include upgrades and alterations to the original building and the replacement of two previous additions, were met with approval by the gathering of students, faculty, and administration at Smith’s Sweeney Concert Hall—not surprising, as they were only part of a years-long visioning process that involved thousands of the college’s community members from campus to town.

Branching Out, November 2016

Central Arkansas Library System's Dee Brown Library relaunches; Tulsa City-County Central Library's three-year remodel is open; Dayton Metro Library gets a new Vandalia Branch; and more new construction and renovation news from the November 15, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

Year in Architecture 2016: Open for Business

This year’s selection of library construction efforts are each unique in their own way, but most share a significant guiding principle: keep it open. The 105 capital projects completed between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016, exemplify a dedication to the totality of users’ experience with regard to sight lines, maneuverability, accessibility, and natural light but also in consideration of others’ ideas, needs, and potential. With atria, lots of glass, and coworking and group study spaces, libraries are indeed open for business.

Year in Architecture 2016: High, Wide, and Handsome

Featured: the Hewitt Public Library, TX; Dayton Metro Library Operations Center; and Oregon Branch Library, Toledo-Lucas County Public Library.

Year in Architecture 2016: Grand and Glorious

Featuring the Longwood Public Library, Middle Island, NY; Lewes Public Library, DE; Milton Library, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System; Libbie Mill Library, Henrico County Public Library, VA; and Northeast Regional Library, Raleigh, NC.

Year in Architecture 2016: Oh, To Be a Child Again

Featuring the Poway Library, San Diego County Library; San José Public Library’s Village Square Branch, CA; Jamestown Bluffs Library, St. Louis County Library, Florissant, MO; Winfield Library, KS; and Canfield Branch Library, Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, OH.

Year in Architecture 2016: Reimagining and Remembering

Featuring the Boulder Public Library, CO; Brooklyn Park Library, MN; Marmalade Branch, Salt Lake City Public Library; Fretz Park Branch, Dallas Public Library; Kaysville Branch Library, UT; Eastside Branch of Kentucky’s Lexington Public Library.

Year in Architecture 2016: Creativity Is a Blank Canvas

Featuring Brown University’s Sidney E. Frank Digital Studio at the Rockefeller Library; the Bibliothèque Desjardins, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Drummondville; the James Branch Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University; and the Information Commons at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.

Year in Architecture 2016: Designed To Shine

Featuring the Alpine Branch of the San Diego County Library and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh–Knoxville.

Year in Architecture 2016: Ambiance and Academics

Featuring the Digital Scholarship Laboratory, Evans Library, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne and the Mendel Gottesman Library, Yeshiva University, New York.

Year in Architecture 2016: Access and Flow

Featuring the Mary Couts Burnett Library at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth and Summerland Branch Library, Okanagan Regional Library, BC

Year in Architecture 2016: List of Architects

The Year in Architecture's architect listing.

Year in Architecture 2016: Academic Library Data

For the Year in Architecture 2016, Library Journal solicited information from academic libraries nationwide that had undergone new builds and renovation/addition projects completed between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016. The tables below comprise complete financial and construction statistics for the 13 academic library buildings submitted.

Year in Architecture 2016: Public Library Data

For the Year in Architecture 2016, Library Journal solicited information from public libraries nationwide that had undergone new builds and renovation/addition projects completed between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016. The tables here comprise complete financial and construction statistics for the 92 public library buildings submitted, including Canadian projects.

Year in Architecture 2016: Six-Year Cost Summary

The Year in Architecture's Six-Year Cost Summary

Calling All Change Agents: Let’s build a sustainability movement | Editorial

It’s time to ignite a movement in libraries, one that faces head-on the pressing threat brought by climate change and addresses every way we can help to secure a better future, or, in more stark terms, a future for the generations to follow. This seems more imperative every day, but the functional response is limited.

Branching Out, October 2016

East Waco Library, TX, reopens; Jersey City Free Public Library, NJ, is back after a renovation; Columbus Metropolitan Library, OH, has revamped and expanded its Northern Lights library; and more new construction and renovation news from the October 15, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

User-Designed Libraries | Design4Impact

These days, collecting deep public input before the design phase of a new construction or renovation of a library is de rigueur, with methods ranging from focus groups to community outreach to social media. But a few libraries are taking it to the next level, not just finding out what patrons need or value and filtering that through the lens of librarian and architect expertise but also letting users directly drive design decisions in collaboration with the professionals.

A Place to Belong, A Place That Belongs | 2016 Designing Libraries Conference Report

The fifth annual Designing Libraries for the 21st Century conference, held at the University of Calgary in Calgary, Alberta, spotlighted “Innovations with Impact,” and featured voices from the design, library, and education worlds. The conference brought together about 250 practitioners from across the world.

Thinking Big in Big Sky Country | Design Institute Design Challenges | Library by Design, Fall 2016

Susan F. Gregory, director of the Bozeman Public Library, MT, welcomed attendees of LJ’s Design Institute (DI) to the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Silver-certified building this May. Opened in 2006, the facility is at once both warmly rustic, clearly inspired by its spectacular mountain setting, and right on trend with the best of national library design. It offers open sight lines, a lofty roof with metal accents, lots of glass (balanced by plenty of wood), hands-on tech, and spaces for people inside and out, making it the perfect setting for attendees to plan the right library for their own communities.

Librarians’ Picks | Library by Design, Fall 2016

Librarians who have recently completed building projects are eager to share their choices for design that raises the bar above the expected.

The Future of the Planet | Designing the Future

As society faces what many now call the Anthropocene age, the impacts of climate change and humankind’s role in it will influence, literally, everything.

(Re) Open Concept | Library by Design 2016

The story of the Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML), OH, main library renovation is a familiar one these days: indeed, it has become practically archetypal. A gorgeous old Carnegie, opened in 1907, had long since been outgrown. Over the century and with four additions, it had been married to expansions—the most recent bringing the library to more than 250,000 square feet. Done in 1991, at the height of the trend of stack-centric libraries designed to maximize collections, this latest reformation included virtually no windows, lest the books be damaged by sunlight. Now, a people-first renovation has gently polished the Carnegie and dramatically opened up the addition, thinning the (still ample) collection to focus on space for community in the form of events, meetings, coworking, and simply relaxing and reading—perhaps with a cup of coffee from the new Carnegie Café.

Sustainability: Each Choice Tells Our Story | Designing the Future

I’ve been working hard to ­ensure libraries understand that sustainability involves far more than “going green.” Embracing the Triple Bottom Line definition of sustainability helps libraries think holistically about the environmental, economic, and social aspects of their library and community. Nonetheless, libraries have a lot of work to do on the “going green” side of things.

Branching Out, September 15, 2016

Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, Atlanta, is expanded and renovated; Calistoga Public Library, CA, reopens; Randolph C. Watson Library at Kilgore College, TX, is back after a remodel; and more new construction and renovation news from the September 15, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

Windows on Boston | New Landmark Libraries 2016

The transformation is evident even before visitors enter. Moving down Boylston Street from Copley Square, past the side of the historic McKim Building, the façade of the Boston Public Library (BPL) no longer resembles a bunker. The massive granite slabs that once obscured the entrance are now embedded in the pavement. Through the glass, passersby can see people lining a laptop bar. It’s 10:30 on a Thursday morning, and the place is jamming.

Academic New Landmark Libraries 2016 Walking Tour: Jerry Falwell Library, Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA

The impressive Jerry Falwell Library on the Liberty University campus in Lynchburg, VA, is a building constantly changing.

Academic New Landmark Libraries 2016 Walking Tour: Introduction

The announcement of LJ's 2016 academic New Landmark Libraries gave use an opportunity to showcase exemplary design and service in academic libraries. Upon getting the list of winners and honorable mentions, I realized five of the eight libraries were located in areas through which I would be traveling on a planned trip from New Jersey to North Carolina.

Academic New Landmark Libraries 2016 Walking Tour: James B. Hunt Jr. Library, North Carolina State University, Raleigh

The James B. Hunt Jr. Library at NC State University in Raleigh is a formidable sight on approach: a gleaming white mass with vertical fins weaving along the sides that look like they'd allow the building to practically lift off.

Academic New Landmark Libraries 2016 Walking Tour: James Branch Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond

Virginia Commonwealth University's James Branch Cabell Library is a striking standout on the downtown Richmond campus.

Academic New Landmark Libraries 2016 Walking Tour: Mary Helen Cochran Library, Sweet Briar College, VA

The Mary Helen Cochran Library at Sweet Briar College stood out as a refreshingly traditional jewel among the newer libraries I visited.
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