December 10, 2017

Restoring & Reimagining | Year in Architecture 2017

Colchester–East Hants Public Library, Truro, NS, is getting back to its roots. Because the library expanded into a 19th-century building, patrons now pass through one of the central brick arches from old to new and see what was once the exterior back wall of the 1878 Second Empire structure. CREDITS: MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple, architect; William Green, photo.

The Library! at Bown Crossing, Boise, ID, features a lounge and hearth-side reading area that follow the building’s radial arc and present mountain views. Three wings comprise the most public lobby and gallery, the central circ and children’s area, and space for staff. CREDITS: FFA Architecture + Interiors, architect; Gabe Border, photo.

The Columbus Metropolitan Library, OH, expanded and remodeled its Northern Lights Branch to make room for a larger Homework Help Center, a large children’s space with a special Ready for Kindergarten area, a teen zone, and more public computers, plus a quiet study room (with aquarium). CREDITS:  DesignGroup, architects; Columbus Metropolitan Library, photo.

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Bette-Lee Fox (blfox@mediasourceinc.com) is Managing Editor, Library Journal.

Celebrating her 46th year with Library Journal, Bette-Lee also edits LJ’s Video Reviews column, six times a year Romance column, and e-original Romance reviews, which post weekly as LJ Xpress Reviews.

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