Design Institute NYPL

Does your library have a design problem or project you'd like to tackle head-on with an architect? 

If you're not already working with an architect, then Submit your project before May 15, 2022, for the chance to have your library featured in an architect-led breakout session at Design Institute NYC, and receive free registration to join us in person on June 9! You'll also receive a streaming link so your whole team can join the main sessions virtually!

Whether you're in the dreaming and planning stages or further along the design road, you'll find ideas, information, and inspiration, no matter your budget!

Library Journal and School Library Journal are thrilled to once again be hosting our long-running library building and design event in person! And we’re especially excited to be hosting it in partnership with New York Public Library at its newly renovated central circulating branch, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library.  This full-day think tank provides expert panel discussions with architects and librarians, as well as hands-on, architect-led breakout sessions tackling real-life design challenges submitted in advance by attendees. Dig deep with architects, librarians, and vendors to explore building/renovating/ retrofitting spaces both large and small that will redefine the relationship with your users and engage your community. There will be plenty of face time and networking opportunities throughout the day with colleagues.


Join us and get ideas, information, and inspiration for any design challenges your library might be facing!

Click here to see coverage of our 2019 Design Institute in Austin, TX!


This event is open to librarians, library board or foundation members, and the library’s city planners/officials. 

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Thursday, June 9

9:00 – 9:30 am   Registration, grab-n-go breakfast, visit with architect and vendor sponsors

9:30 – 1:00pm   Panel discussions and presentations (+ 15 minute break)

1:00 – 2:00pm ` Box\Buffet Lunch    

2:00 – 3:30 pm   Architect-led Breakout Sessions Featuring Attendee-submitted Design Challenges

3:30 – 3:45 pm   Snack break  

3:45 – 5:00pm   Panel discussions and presentations

5:00 – 6:00pm   NYPL-hosted cocktail reception


Friday, June 10th

Optional Tours in the morning

•Tour of  Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library, and a private viewing of the Polonsky Exhibition of The New York Public Library's Treasures 

Peter Bolek, HBM Architects

Henry Myerberg, HMA2

Rick McCarthy, StudioGC            

Jeff Hoover, Tappé Associates Inc

Jim Kovach, VMDO Architects, P.C.          

Brian Bannon, Merryl and James Tisch Director of Branch Libraries and Education, The New York Public Library

Lisa Peet, News Editor, Library Journal


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