October 1, 2016

Windows on Boston | New Landmark Libraries 2016

BRIGHT IDEAS The completion of Phase 2 of Boston PL’s renovation focused on letting in light, with pops of color that tie in to Phase 1. The modern welcome desk (l.) is surrounded by playful digital displays; the computer center’s new windows (r.) let in abundant natural light and offer a glimpse of the stone that once encompassed the entire building

The transformation is evident even before visitors enter. Moving down Boylston Street from Copley Square, past the side of the historic McKim Building, the façade of the Boston Public Library (BPL) no longer resembles a bunker. The massive granite slabs that once obscured the entrance are now embedded in the pavement. Through the glass, passersby can see people lining a laptop bar. It’s 10:30 on a Thursday morning, and the place is jamming.

Product Sourcebook | Library by Design, Spring 2016

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With so many Americans sitting for hours at work, and so many studies showing that inactivity is problematic to health outcomes, incorporating furniture and fixtures that encourage fitness and physical activity into the library is a way to help patrons in the here and now and let them try out options for future home use.

Librarians’ Picks | Library by Design, Spring 2016

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The latest designs in furnishings and fixtures add punch and patron interest to building projects. How many would work in your library?

Powerful Floors | Library by Design, Spring 2016

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Keeping up with the ever-growing demand for network connectivity and power is every library leader’s challenge. Solutions exist to make cables and power supply accessible; the trouble comes when faced with cost, sustainability, stakeholder buy-in, time, and impact on the library environment.

Community Central | Library by Design, Spring 2016

SEEING THRU WALLS AND WINDOWS Above, an 18' x 12' interactive video wall will be featured in the Digital Pavilion at Wichita Public Library’s Advanced Learning Library. Below,  in the Children’s Pavilion, windows will spill light onto furnishings that create distinct areas for each of the four different age groups served

When the recession hit pause on the plans Kansas’s Wichita Public Library (WPL) had to replace its aging central building, library leaders used the opportunity to tap into community feedback. As a result, the replacement will offer features and services tailored to patrons’ needs and will support the city as it moves into the future by fostering civic growth and engagement.

Living, Local Libraries | Library by Design, Spring 2016

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Few libraries are better positioned to host a daylong conference than the Nashville Public Library (NPL). NPL’s elegant Main Library opened in 2001 and still feels new, in part because its style, which designer Robert A.M. Stern described as “modern classical” and which features Ionic columns, Georgia marble floors, and Alabama limestone facing, doesn’t date as quickly as something intended to look state-of-the-art. Its 300,000 square feet include a large, self-contained event space that was perfect for attendees from around the United States to do a deep dive into library design informed by, but not disturbing, the surrounding library business as usual.

Design Institute Nashville Design Challenges | Library by Design, Spring 2016

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At LJ’s Nashville Design Institute, design challenges were held for Boone County Public Library, KY; Marin County Free Library, San Rafael, CA; Lexington–Henderson County Everett Horn Public Library, TN; Normal Public Library, IL; and Orangeburg County Library, SC.

Work/Space | Library by Design, Spring 2016

At left, flexible reference desk space at the Munday 
Library, St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX.

The world of academic libraries is constantly changing. Many libraries, for example, have undergone radical spatial changes in recent years, positioning themselves as campus centers for study and socializing. These shifts focus on the student’s or library patron’s experience but show little concern for how librarians’ work spaces are changing to meet the profession’s new demands. Finding minimal literature on this topic, we decided to issue a survey directly to academic librarians to delve into their roles and how their spaces affect the quality of their work.

Looking to Apple for Tech Lab Inspiration | Library by Design, Fall 2012

THE COLORS OF TECHNOLOGY Cleveland PL’s TechCentral uses as much white as possible to focus on the multimedia. A mural-sized orange-and-green tile wall was grandfathered into the space, and lighting on its back edge makes the colors pop. Orange-coated employees assist users, who will sit in orange chairs in front of computer stations displaying “curvy, custom craftsmanship” that allows the work spaces to work together

Challenge: How to turn an ornately designed, inconveniently shaped basement into a sleek, technology-driven community space? This was the question that Bostwick Design Partnership faced when taking on the task of creating TechCentral, Cleveland Public Library’s new technology center on the lower level of the library’s downtown Louis Stokes Wing.

Librarians Pick Their Favorite Furniture for Teens | Library by Design, Fall 2012

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