Hosted in partnership with libraries from around the country, this bi-annual 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. We will be holding our 2017 Design Institute events in May and November. Please check back soon for more location information. Interested in attending one of our 2017 events? Sign up to receive event alerts from Library Journal.

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. 15-20 minute “speed-sessions” with individual architects and furniture and equipment vendors will 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

May 2017 (Location TBA)
November 2017 (Location TBA)
Please check back soon for updates about our 2017 Design Institute events.

Interested in attending one of our 2017 events?
Sign up to receive event alerts from Library Journal.



Charleston, SC 2016 | Bozeman, MT 2016 | Nashville, TN 2015 | San Diego, CA 2015 | Boston, MA 2014 | Salt Lake City, UT, 2014 | St. Louis, MO 2013 | Seattle, WA 2013 | Warrensville Heights, OH 2012 | Denver, CO 2012

This event is open to librarians, library board or foundation members, and the library’s city planners/officials. If you are an architect and would like to sponsor one of our 2017 Design Institute events, please contact Advertising Director Roy Futterman: