June 26, 2016

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.

The Best of Interior Design: Public and Academic Library Winners | Library by Design, Fall 2012

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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, Fall 2012

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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.

The Six Space Challenges Librarians and Architects Tackled at Design Institute Denver | Library by Design, Fall 2012

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Sheridan Public Library, Arapahoe Library District CO Architect Humphries Poli Architects THE CHALLENGE Sheridan Public Library must leave its decades-long home in the local high school and construct a new building nearby. This new facility needs more room for teens as well as resources for the large Spanish-speaking and elderly constituencies, and the mandate for […]

Building for the Future: Design Institute Overview | Library by Design, Fall 2012

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How do you plan for a future you can’t predict? By building flexibility into the design. That was one of the main takeaways from LJ’s latest Design Institute (DI), held at the Denver Central Library on May 4. The DI, LJ’s 12th in a series on trends in library design, was a one-day symposium composed of panels, presentations, and breakout sessions, featuring a mix of architects, vendors, and librarians.