January 31, 2015

Year in Architecture 2014: Open to the Elements

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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.

Year in Architecture 2014: Rising Expectations

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The Frederick E. Berry Library and Learning Commons at Salem State University, MA and the remodeled Library 21c, Colorado Springs feature soaring expanses of glass.

Year in Architecture 2014: Academic Library Data

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.

Year in Architecture 2014: Six-Year Cost Summary

The six-year cost summary includes data from fiscal 2009 to the present, on both new buildings and additions, renovations, and remodels.

Year in Architecture 2014: List of Architects

The following architects/architectural firms were responsible for the 100 building projects listed in the Year in Architecture 2014. LJ thanks them for their assistance.

Year in Architecture 2014: Public Library Data

For the Year in Architecture 2014, Library Journal solicited information from public 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 84 public library buildings submitted, including Canadian projects.

The Off-Site Librarian | One Cool Thing

ON THE TOWN A security camera “captures” a young patron at play (l.); the 100-year-old building 
now stands for library service

When one of the bookmobiles at the Fort Vancouver Regional Library (FVRL), WA, wore out, spending a quarter of a million dollars to buy a new one was not an option. Yet patrons in remote, rural locations in Clark County still needed library service. The innovative solution was the Yacolt Library Express (YLE): a building that is open to the public nearly 70 hours a week, yet staff only spend about ten hours there during the same period.

Indianapolis Approves $58 Million in Bonds for Libraries

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Indianapolis Public Library (IPL)’s modernization plan, which involves renovating five branches, relocating five others, and building one brand new facility, will get started next month after area lawmakers voted on Nov. 10 to approve $58.5 million in bond issues over the next six years.

Blue-Ribbon Libraries | Library by Design

Top row: Midland Centennial Library, TX; Central Library, Bottom row, l.-r.: St. Louis Public Library, Glenmore Christian Academy Elemantray Library, Calgary Alta. Midland photo by Maxwell Filmworks; St. Louis photo  ©Timothy Hursley; Glenmore photo by Dawn Stringer, On A Wire Photography & Design

The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) , a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) honored the winners of the 2014 Library Interior Design Awards at ALA’s annual conference held in Las Vegas in June. Over 200 entries were reviewed, and many of this year’s 19 winners have a vibrant and functional design that takes into consideration that libraries are more than ever a gathering space for their community.

The Library of the Century | Design4Impact

HIGH TECH Computer training lab (l.) and children’s Promethean ActivTable (r.) at Pikes Peak

Library 21c, the Pikes Peak Library District’s (PPLD) latest addition, is a centralized education and experimentation hub. The new two-story Colorado Springs library is the biggest building in the district, the second-largest in Colorado, supporting about 620,000 residents. Last year, the district had 3.6 million ­visitors. What makes this new library unique is the wide variety of opportunities under the same roof.