November 21, 2017

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.

Academic New Landmark Libraries 2016 Walking Tour: Learning Commons, Marywood University, Scranton

Marywood University’s Learning Commons is a strikingly modern contrast to the buildings surrounding it on campus.