Join us in Charleston, SC, for a free day-long seminar and start planning the library of the future today.

Hosted by Library Journal in partnership with Charleston County Public Library, this newest installment of our library building and design event will bring you the latest trends in library design. Come together with librarians, architects, and vendors to explore building/renovating/retrofitting spaces both large and small that will engage your community and hear about recently constructed or renovated libraries that will spur your own solutions.

Design Institute Bozeman

Whether you’re renovating, retrofitting, or building anew, you’ll find ideas, information, and inspiration no matter your budget!

This full-day event provides expert panel discussions with librarians and architects, as well as hands-on architect-led breakout sessions dealing with real-life design challenges submitted in advance by you and your fellow attendees. There will also be 15-20 minute “speed-sessions” with individual architects and furniture and equipment vendors so you can address your own library-specific questions and concerns (be sure to bring photos, illustrations, floor plans, or plat maps–whatever you think will enhance the discussion). There will be plenty of face time and networking opportunities throughout the day with colleagues, too.

“I believe that any library director, no matter what size population the library serves, interested in a renovation or new building should attend LJ Design Institute. You will come away with valuable knowledge in areas of the design and building process and networking skills that will help you along the way.” —Jane Norling, Beresford Public Library, Beresford, SD

Admission is free but space is limited, so sign up today! Registration is open only to librarians,
library board or foundation members, and the library’s city planners/officials. If you are an architect and would like to sponsor, please contact Advertising Director Roy Futterman:


Hotel Information

Courtyard Charleston Historic District
125 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401

Tour Information

Charleston County Public Library will host a half-day bus tour to nearby branches and other locations on Thursday, October 20, 2016. Information about the tour & and sign-up are available here.

Questions? Please email us at





Friday, October 21, 2016

9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Charleston County Public Library
68 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401

Courtyard Charleston Historic District
125 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401
866-744-4997 or 843-805-7900
The group rate at this hotel is now sold out.


Roy Futterman
Advertising Director

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Past Design Institutes

Bozeman, MT 2016
Nashville, TN 2015
San Diego, CA 2015

Boston, MA 2014
Salt Lake City, UT 2014