December 9, 2016

Smith College Library Redesign Engages Maya Lin, Shepley Bulfinch

West elevation, Neilson Library renovation 
© 2016 Maya Lin Studio

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

Dee Brown Library
Photo courtesy of Fennell Purifoy Architects

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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: Designed To Shine

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

Year in Architecture 2016: Creativity Is a Blank Canvas

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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: Ambiance and Academics

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