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Rejuvenate Your Space: Top Building Trends in Library Design


Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 3:00-4:00 PM ET Looking to spruce up your space? More than just a home for books, a library is a living organism, a vibrant community center for learning, digital content discovery, and exploration. Shouldn’t your 21st century patrons have a 21st century library? Learn about the top building trends in exterior and interior design from architects who have reinvigorated and reimagined library spaces throughout the United States. Breathe new life into your library.This archive is no longer available.

A Tour of Two Library Journal New Landmark Libraries


Thursday, September 6, 2012, 3:00-4:00 PM ETUse them as prototypes for your next building project or treat them as think tanks for great design ideas that will support your library’s advancement, the 2012 five New Landmark Libraries represent the best of what academic libraries are today and provide a glimpse into the library of the future. The Landmarks, named by a team of 6 expert judges from a national pool, were profiled in the July 1 issue of Library Journal. They are flexible. They are green. They reinvent the library as the campus core in support of the whole student. This archive is no longer available. 

Library Construction Update: New and Renovated Buildings, 7/6/12

The official dedication of the William Jeanes Memorial Library and Nicholas and ­Athena Karabots Center for Learning, Lafayette Hill, PA, took place on May 23. Through a $4.4 million contribution from Whitemarsh Township residents the ­Karabotses, plus a $1.2 million capital campaign, the 1971 building was remodeled and expanded from 7000 square feet to 18,000 square feet. […]

Library Construction Update: New and Renovated Buildings, 06/25/12

The Waynesboro Public Library, VA, reopened in June following a yearlong renovation to the 27,743 square foot building, originally dedicated in 1969. The focus of the $1.6 million project is the relocation of the children’s activity center to the main floor to mesh with the children’s collection, according to […]

Library Construction Update: New and Renovated Buildings, 06/15/12

A new library is on the horizon for the City of Boca Raton, FL, following the June groundbreaking for the new Boca Raton Downtown Library. The 42,000 square foot facility will be the second of two libraries approved in a 2003 $19.8 million bond measure; the Boca Raton Spanish River Library opened in 2008. Costing $10 million, the Downtown Library is designed by PGAL of Boca Raton in the Mediterranean architectural style of Addison Mizner (1872–1933), emblematic of south Florida, and includes pedestrian-friendly walkways and a plaza. […]

Powerful Partnerships: Introduction and Best Practices | Library by Design, Spring 2012


Marriage. That’s how many librarians describe collaborative efforts with other organizations to fund and construct new library buildings, including joint-use facilities, to serve their communities.

Powerful Partnerships: Shared Buildings | Library by Design, Spring 2012


Libraries sharing buildings with centers of recreation and learning report that their partners bring exposure to new users. Libraries are also forming partnerships to share buildings with other agencies focused on education, such as colleges and historic societies. In the East Bay Area of California, the Lafayette Library and Learning Center building is shared by the library and the Glenn Seaborg Learning Consortium, a partnership of 12 education, science, and arts institutions.

Powerful Partnerships: Mixed-Use Development | Library by Design, Spring 2012


A branch library in Portland, OR, is considered to be part of the first public-private housing partnership. Since it opened, other libraries nationwide have entered into similar arrangements, with lessons learned for ­libraries.