October 25, 2016


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.

Branching Out, September 1, 2016


Boston Public Library’s renovated second floor is revealed; Hudson Library & Historical Society, OH, reopens its teen room; San Jacinto College North Campus, Houston, opens the Edwin E. Lehr Library; and more new construction and renovation news from the September 1, 2016 issue of Library Journal.


Three More Standouts | New Landmark Libraries 2016 Honorable Mentions


The New Landmark Library Honorable Mentions are three standout academic libraries destined to become classics.


Odegaard Undergraduate Library | New Landmark Libraries 2016 Winner


Through careful programming and design strategies to preserve the essence of the original building, the 2013 renovation of the Odegaard Under­graduate Library at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle not only meets the demand for active learning environments on campus but further catalyses it. The renovation transformed the interior from dark, decentralized, and difficult to navigate to a light-filled hub of activity and stimulus for pedagogical change.


James B. Hunt Jr. Library | New Landmark Libraries 2016 Winner


When the James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University (NCSU) in Raleigh opened in 2013, it aimed to define the research library of the 21st century. In its place on the Centennial campus, sitting at the edge of a grand oval green space, the library connects two sections of campus, improves walkability, and anchors student activity across the represented disciplines.


Charles E. Shain Library | New Landmark Libraries 2016 Winner


The renovation of the Charles E. Shain Library at Connecticut College in New London builds on a strong foundation of the past to nurture a new generation of students. Through judicious deselection, the use of compact shelving, and shifting and customizing the footprint of the stacks, the library was able to produce more study and collaborative spaces and keep the collection on-site. Thoughtful repurposing and creative reorganization epitomizes this project.


James Branch Cabell Library | New Landmark Libraries 2016 Winner


The updated James Branch Cabell Library at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), designed by Shepley Bulfinch, took inspiration from the original midcentury modern design and used it to transform the library into a campus jewel, embracing the school’s strengths in the arts. As one judge noted, the design was “executed with a very skillful hand.” Seeking to balance historic preservation with modern needs and heighten the library’s placement in a dense urban area, the firm reinterpreted many elements of the old building.


The Future of Futures | Designing the Future

Illustration ©2016 Daniel Hertzberg

Human-centered design, a highly creative approach to problem solving, is gaining popularity in libraries as they plan for what lies ahead. Also known as design thinking, it focuses on defining and then resolving concerns by paying attention to the needs, aspirations, and wishes of people—in the case of libraries, not only a library’s patrons but its staff, administration, and members of the community who may not be library customers…yet.