The library construction projects completed between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014, seem to have found common purpose around a common theme: community. As such, many of the 16 academic projects and 84 public library capital efforts find themselves at the center of their respective neighborhoods. Whether large or small, on an expansive budget or a shoestring, these facilities strengthen ties among their constituencies and between learning and entertainment.
Discover the Hicks Undergraduate Library, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN; the Pierce College Library Learning Crossroads Building, Los Angeles Community College District, Woodland Hills, CA; the John T. Richardson Library and Information Commons at DePaul University, Chicago; and MacOdrum Library, Carleton University, Ontario.
See the Jerry Falwell Library at Liberty University, Lynchburg. VA; the John Hay Library, Brown University, Providence; The Dr. Peter W. Addiego Health Sciences Library, Nassau University, East Meadow, NY; the Tidewater Community College/City of Virginia Beach Joint-Use Library; the Truax Campus Library, Madison College, WI; and the new Oxnard College Library Learning Resource Center, CA.
View the Carbondale Branch Library, CO, part of Garfield County Libraries; the Lodi Branch of the Medina County Public Library, OH; the new Westwood Public Library, MA; the Boyden Library, Foxborough, MA; the Prairie West Branch Library, the newest member of the Siouxland Libraries, Sioux Falls, SD; the Back of the Yards Branch of the Chicago Public Library; and the North Beach Branch, San Francisco Public Library.
Meet the expanded Madison Central Library, WI; the Ames Free Library, North Easton, MA; the new two-story Glenwood Springs Branch Library, Garfield County Libraries, CO; the Brand Library and Art Center, Glendale, CA; the new 15,000 square foot Driving Park Branch of Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML), OH; and the 1902 neoclassical Holyoke Public Library, MA.
Learn about the remodeled West Tisbury Free Public Library, MA; the East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library; the remodeled and expanded Covington Branch, Kenton County Public Library, KY; the 8,690 square foot, single-story, two-structure Pico Branch Library, Santa Monica Public Library, CA; the new Hanahan Branch of Berkeley County Library, SC; and the Vashon Library, Vashon Island, part of the King County Library System, WA.
Catch a glimpse of the Niles Public Library, IL; The remodeled Jupiter Branch Library, Palm Beach County Library Systems, FL; the Georgian Revival–style Northeast Neighborhood Branch of the District of Columbia Public Library; the Fort Myers Regional Library and Talking Books Library, Lee County Library System, FL; The Savage Branch & STEM Education Center, Howard County Library System, Laurel, MD; and the new children’s addition to the East Hampton Library, NY.
For the Year in Architecture 2014, Library Journal solicited information from academic libraries nationwide that had undergone new builds and renovation/addition projects completed between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014. The tables below comprise complete financial and construction statistics for the 16 academic library buildings submitted.