September 2, 2014

Librarians’ Picks | Spring 2013

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While away the hours in these singular and satisfying reading and lounging spots.

What’s Hot: The Latest in Library Products & Furnishings | Library by Design

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ARCHIVAL Wrap it up The Spine Wrap Pamphlet Binder offers durability, efficiency, preservation, an aesthetically pleasing appearance, and reversibility. Your pamphlet can be quickly and easily stapled or sewn in to give it ultimate protection. The pressure-sensitive adhesive strip applied across the back after the stitching is complete conceals and protects the binding structure, giving a finished look […]

Change Is Coming: Design Institute, Cuyahoga County, OH | Library by Design

The Cuyahoga County DI took place in the Warrensville Heights Branch, designed by HBM Architects.

LJ’s Design Institute (DI) in Cuyahoga County, OH, was itself an example of one of the major trends it planned to cover—flexibility. When Hurricane Sandy rendered New York–based LJ staff and many presenters incommunicado or unable to travel to the event on its originally scheduled date, architects and the event’s host, the Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL), worked with LJ to pull off a rescheduled get-together only a month later on December 14, 2012. Attendees re­arranged their schedules to provide a full house despite the short notice and approaching holiday season.

Repurposing Retail | Library by Design

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The trend toward putting public libraries in retail spaces such as big-box stores, malls, strip centers, and main street buildings shows no sign of slowing. The McAllen Public Library, TX, main library, which opened in late 2011 in a former Wal-Mart, garnered many awards, including the coveted American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honor Award for Interior Architecture. McAllen residents got a lot of library compared with what they would have gotten building new, reduced their impact on the environment, and turned a blight into a flourishing center of community life.

Growing Room: St. Louis Public Library’s Grand Central Renovation | Library by Design

GRAND & GRANDER SLPL’s Great Hall maintained its grandeur even as the rest of the library gained flexibility. Photo ©Timothy Hursley

There was never a doubt that the St. Louis Central Library building would remain a library and be restored, However, what was in doubt was the footprint. The original plan called for a proposed expansion outside the building’s original granite walls. But a local architectural firm took the risk of trying to convince library leaders that was the wrong way to go.

Capitol Designs: DCPL’s Ambitious Construction Project | Library by Design

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A renaissance in library architecture is under way in Washington, DC, thanks to the vision of District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) chief librarian and executive director Ginnie Cooper. Since she arrived at DCPL in 2006, Cooper has overseen the construction and renovation of 14 branch libraries, with eight more renovations and reconstructions to go. Collectively, the upgraded branches and new buildings—the latter conceived by world-class architects, including Adjaye Associates, Davis Brody Bond Aedas, and the Freelon Group—have earned an astonishing 26 awards for their design excellence.

Up Close: Giving the People What They Want at Cuyahoga County Public Library, OH | Library by Design

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“It’s the largest investment in our 90-year history,” says Sari Feldman about Ohio’s Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL) plan to renovate or rebuild 18 of its 28 branches. The $110 million spate of rebuilding, led by executive director Feldman and detailed in CCPL’s Facilities Master Plan, will create new and updated library facilities that the library says will save CCPL $4 million a year. Those savings are particularly meaningful, because since 2008 CCPL’s revenues have dropped by $14.9 million owing to state budget cuts, and since 2009 property tax revenues declined by $7 million.

Librarians Pick Their Favorite Furniture for Teens | Library by Design

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Surprising, stunning, outrageous even—that’s what teens asked for and hot in these library spaces.

The Best of Interior Design: Public and Academic Library Winners | Library by Design

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Attendees of the annual American Library Association (ALA) conference in Anaheim, CA, this past June got an overview of stellar new library interior design when ALA’s Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) announced the winners of the latest ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Competition. The biennial awards honor excellence […]

How To Design Library Space with Kids in Mind | Library by Design

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When creating special spaces where children can experience joy in learning and investigation, public and school libraries often are inclined to produce primary-colored themed spaces that may appear on the surface to be kid-friendly. These spaces, however, can be a flat experience for children. Children appreciate good design, subtlety, and nuance. We should avoid talking down to them with the spaces we provide just for them.