June 25, 2016

Branching Out, March 1, 2016

The new Canal Winchester Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, OH, opened; the Richland Library, Columbia, SC, is about to embark on a major construction project; and more new construction and renovation news from the March 1, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

MIT’s Future of the Library: Encouraging Social Knowledge-Building

David Adjaye, Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT Recipient presents at the Future of the Library panel at MIT. Image courtesy of MIT, photo by L. Barry Hetherington

On February 11, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) hosted a discussion on “The Future of the Library” as part of the Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT. The award is given to a prominent artist in any field who embodies MIT’s commitment to risk-taking, problem solving, and connecting creative minds across disciplines.

Mellon Foundation Grants $1.2 Million to Hampshire College Library Redesign


The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has issued a $1.2 million grant to remake the Harold F. Johnson Library at Hampshire College, Amherst, MA, as a Knowledge Commons—an integrated, centralized hub of content, tools, and academic support services. While the library’s transformation over the next four years looks to a brand new service model, it also continues the tradition of innovation on which the library was established some 50 years ago.

Branching Out, February 2016

The $2 million renovation of the Carnegie Library Learning Center on the Health Sciences Campus of the University of Georgia, Athens, is now complete. Funded through donations from the Tull Charitable Foundation and the Callaway Foundation, the work on the 1910 Beaux Arts building returned some of the original features to the facility and includes […]

Building Blocks of an Innovation Space | Field Reports


The maker movement and 3-D printing technology catalyze innovation and promote entrepreneurship by emphasizing “making” over “consuming” and facilitate experiential learning and rapid prototyping. To many, library Maker spaces are also often the only facility within their reach that offers open access to 3-D printing and scanning equipment. For these reasons, creating a Maker space for patrons is often an ­attractive project.

Branching Out | December 2015

The North Miami Public Library completed its $1.5 million renovation, ground was broken for the new South Central Regional Library, Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL), KY, and more new construction and renovation news from the December 2015 issue of Library Journal.

Bringing Boston In | Design4Impact

Bright colors transform BPL’s Brutalist Johnson Building.
Photo ©Robert Benson Photography

The average age of users in the newly renovated second floor of Boston Public Library’s (BPL) Johnson Building has come down at least a decade, and it’s easy to see why. Philip Johnson’s massive addition to BPL’s iconic Beaux-Arts style McKim Building opened in 1972. According to the BPL website, the requests for the exterior were that the building should “observe the existing roof line of the McKim Building, and to use material (Milford granite) that would harmonize with the exterior of the existing Central Library building.” The result was a Brutalist monolith, experimental in structure and stark in aesthetic.

LJ Leads the Change with Its Library Design Workshop


Library renovation and construction projects can be intimidating for those who are part of the planning process—especially if this involves stepping into a new role.

As Vote Approaches, Critics of Brooklyn Library Sale Abound

Brooklyn Heights Branch rendering

The controversial sale of Brooklyn Public Library’s (BPL) Brooklyn Heights branch to a New York real estate development group remains up in the air. The latest speed bump in the library’s sale, which was proposed by BPL, is a report suggesting the library system is getting a raw deal on the real estate, which is situated in one of the borough’s poshest neighborhoods.

Stony Island Arts Bank Library and Cultural Center Hopes To Reinterpret Chicago’s Landscape

Stony Island Arts Bank
Photo credit: Tom Harris

Three years ago, internationally acclaimed urban installation artist Theaster Gates decided that a decayed, hulking, once iconic three-story South Side Chicago building deserved to be brought back to life. His vision, with encouragement and advice from friends, resulted in the Stony Island Arts Bank—a hybrid gallery, research library, media archive, and community center dedicated to African American culture and history—which opened to the public in early October.