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.
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.
The six-year cost summary includes data from fiscal 2009 to the present, on both new buildings and additions, renovations, and remodels.
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.
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.
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.
“I Don’t Have The Time.” Have you said this in a meeting or a discussion with a colleague? Has this rolled off the tongue when confronted with an unexpected change, a new technology, or another initiative? Many of us are stretched to our limits. I applaud the folks I meet who have absorbed more and more duties as staffing patterns have changed. However, I bristle when I hear the “no time” response, because sometimes I think it’s an excuse.
Not long after Republican Kim Wyman was elected secretary of state of Washington in 2012, she had a meeting with a legislator that set her on a new course. As they began to explore the possibility of rebooting an envisioned but later abandoned Heritage Center project, she was asked, “Are libraries necessary?” It’s a great question. Her response should be a prod to all of us to get out there and make sure our elected officials have the insight into libraries they need to help build and sustain strong funding.