For years, Ohio State University (OSU) has had a collection of graphic novels, editorial cartoons, and comic strips that could go toe to toe with archives the world over. What it didn’t have was a space that did that collection justice. For decades, OSU’s cartoon collection, which includes more than 2.5 million comic strips spanning decades of American newspapers, was housed in a pair of disused rooms in the school’s journalism building. A recent move to renovated space, though, means that the decades of pop culture history housed at OSU’s newly-minted Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum (BICLM) finally has a happy home, and one that staff are eager to introduce to the public.
This year’s listing of library building projects completed between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013, expands on the concept of all-purpose spaces to suit a variety of patrons and needs. There are 77 public efforts, and among the 14 academic buildings is the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons at Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI (above), which allows students to invent their own environments. A banquet of libraries with that all-important, all-purpose ingredient.
Transformational Libraries include the Polk Wisdom Branch Library, Dallas; the Ladd Library, Cedar Rapids Public Library, IA; the Duvall Library, King County Library System, WA; East Rancho Dominguez Library, County of Los Angeles Public Library, CA; the Teton County Library, Jackson, WY; the new Boca Raton Downtown Library, FL; Jasper Place Branch Library, Edmonton, Alta., Canada; and the Queens Library at Glen Oaks, NY.
Wide Open Spaces include the Andrew G. Truxal Library at Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold, MD; The Brody Learning Commons at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins University, MD; The new James B. Hunt Jr. Library, North Carolina State University, Raleigh; and the Clark Library, University of Portland, OR.
Destination libraries include the new Centennial Library, Midland County Public Library, TX; the Glenvar Branch Library, Roanoke County Public Library, Salem, VA; the Storytime Room at the Mission Viejo Library, CA; the Mall Library Connection, Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, Vancouver, WA; and Mesa County Libraries Central Library, Grand Junction, CO.
Fabulous and functional libraries include the Central Library of Brownsville Public Library System, TX; Newcastle County Bear Library, DE; the Children’s Library at the Beverly Hills Public Library, CA; the Teen Place at Schaumburg Township District Library, IL; and the Hillcrest Heights Branch Library, Temple Hills, MD.