Join us for a day-long collaborative event on building and design
and start planning the library of the future today.

Hosted by Library Journal in partnership with Columbus Metropolitan Library—in its newly renovated Main Library—this 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, and retrofitting spaces both large and small that will support your library and engage and empower your community. Hear about recently constructed or renovated libraries that will spur solutions to your design challenges.

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

Design Institute

Friday, May 5, 2017
9:00 AM–5:30 PM

Columbus Metropolitan Library
Main Library
96 S. Grant Avenue
Columbus, OH 43215

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.

Columbus Metropolitan Library will also host a half-day bus tour to nearby branches and other locations on Thursday, May 4, 2017. View the full schedule and sign up for the tour here.

Space is limited, so sign up today!

REGISTERRegister by Friday, April 28 to receive our promoted rate
and save 20% off the price of your ticket(s)!

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:




Register by Friday, April 28 to receive our promoted rate
and save 20% off the price of your ticket(s)!